What is RC1 and RC2

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by DianaH, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. DianaH

    DianaH Guest

    At first I thought the RC# was another name for Beta 1 and Beta 2, but now
    I'm not convinced.
    So ... I'll ask what RC1 and RC2 are. I'll assume they are versions of
    whatever they are.
    Thanks.
     
    DianaH, Nov 17, 2006
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  2. RC= Release Candidate. It just signifies that the beta releases are nearing
    the final RTM (Release to manufacturing) version.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 17, 2006
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  3. DianaH

    DianaH Guest

    I'm still confused. Does RC refer to the software or to the people who are
    getting it.
    I'm not wanting to drag this out ... just curious ... so that I understand
    what it means when I see it in other postings.
    Thanks.

    RC= Release Candidate. It just signifies that the beta releases are nearing
    the final RTM (Release to manufacturing) version.
     
    DianaH, Nov 18, 2006
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  4. DianaH

    Robert Moir Guest

    It refers to the software.

    Release candidates are "milestones" in the progress of the project, and are
    a name commonly given to major releases very late in the beta test cycle
    which lots of testing effort should be focussed upon.
     
    Robert Moir, Nov 18, 2006
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  5. Release Candidate 1 = we think that this version is good enough to be
    released to the world at large.. what do you think?

    Release Candidate 2 = ok, so we were wrong about Release Candidate 1.. how
    about this one?..
     
    Mike Hall - MS MVP Windows Shell/User, Nov 18, 2006
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  6. DianaH

    Roy Coorne Guest

    *LOL*
     
    Roy Coorne, Nov 18, 2006
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  7. DianaH

    Dr Teeth Guest

    Sweet <vbg>.

    Cheers,

    Guy

    ** Stress - the condition brought about by having to
    ** resist the temptation to beat the living daylights
    ** out of someone who richly deserves it.
     
    Dr Teeth, Nov 18, 2006
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  8. Heh! That's funny.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 18, 2006
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  9. DianaH

    DianaH Guest

    Whether there's help or not ... there's always humour.
    You are all nuts (that's a compliment, by the way). Lollllll

    Now ... back to the insanity ...
    I have build 5384 (beta 2). Is that a later build (is that an insane
    question) ... is it even close to one of the RC's ... whaddo I know?



    Heh! That's funny.
     
    DianaH, Nov 19, 2006
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  10. DianaH

    Jane C Guest

    Build 5384 is Beta 2. Since then there have been many interim builds
    released. The last public release was RC1 build 5600, closely followed by
    RC2 build 5744, which was only available for a couple of days. Final RTM is
    build 6000. The lower the build number, the earlier the build, and the
    further away from RTM (Release to manufacture).

    During the development of an operating system, or a program, there are many
    phases that are gone through. First releases for testing are often 'Alpha'
    builds, followed by 'Beta' builds as progress is made. After the 'Beta'
    stage, comes the 'RC' stage, which then leads on to 'Final' or 'RTM'.
     
    Jane C, Nov 19, 2006
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  11. Diana

    Your version is aging rapidly unfortunately, and there have been a few
    releases in between 5384 and RTM.. the beta versions, as you might know, are
    due to 'crap out' early in 2007.. no doubt you will be looking to upgrade,
    and judging by the price structure, it may be cheaper for some to buy a PC
    pre-installed. This is certainly true for those who will want all of the
    bells and whistles that a 32mb or 64mb video card and 256mb RAM does not
    afford.

    I liked Vista from the start.. the look and feel were/are good. I made XP
    look like Vista using a sidebar utility and the Royale Noir theme from Media
    Centre 2005, and it was all good too. One gets used to an OS, knowing where
    everything is. I am having to learn again and in doing so, strangely, I feel
    like I have let XP down.. I still have it on my system, and have to use it
    for some functions pending the release of 3rd party applications I have
    used, but Vista is the way to go..

    Re. humor, yes, it is important, even in something like Microsoft newsgroups
    where one is expected to remain professional at all times.. I think that it
    is possible to combine both, and people should not take it badly.. light
    relief is always a good softener, a smile or a laugh, especially when facing
    the tide of technology.. I try to keep it as humor too.. the line between
    humor and sarcasm is thin and, at times, the many personal struggles that I
    face cloud that line.. I trust that I did not cross the line in this
    instance..
     
    Mike Hall - MS MVP Windows Shell/User, Nov 19, 2006
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  12. DianaH

    DianaH Guest

    Mike ... you didn't cross any lines ... all good. It was my lack of
    understand that started this.

    Thank you all for you input. I understand now.

    Jane ... thanks for the explanations. I understood the build number but
    didn't know what the RC stood for until Mike explained it in his first
    response to my question, and until now didn't understand what the difference
    between an RC and a beta. I'll be wiser the next time this all happens.

    Now that I'm more inthe know ... is it possible to upgrade (used loosely) to
    RC2 or is that not long an option? Perhaps, I missed that window of
    opportunity. I only installed this a week ago (I put it off with much
    trepidation), so I missed a lot of what's been going on. And so it would
    make sense that I just got this thing working to a reasonable performance
    level, yesterday ... but it wasn't without a lot of fight and struggle.

    Diana


    Diana

    Your version is aging rapidly unfortunately, and there have been a few
    releases in between 5384 and RTM.. the beta versions, as you might know, are
    due to 'crap out' early in 2007.. no doubt you will be looking to upgrade,
    and judging by the price structure, it may be cheaper for some to buy a PC
    pre-installed. This is certainly true for those who will want all of the
    bells and whistles that a 32mb or 64mb video card and 256mb RAM does not
    afford.

    I liked Vista from the start.. the look and feel were/are good. I made XP
    look like Vista using a sidebar utility and the Royale Noir theme from Media
    Centre 2005, and it was all good too. One gets used to an OS, knowing where
    everything is. I am having to learn again and in doing so, strangely, I feel
    like I have let XP down.. I still have it on my system, and have to use it
    for some functions pending the release of 3rd party applications I have
    used, but Vista is the way to go..

    Re. humor, yes, it is important, even in something like Microsoft newsgroups
    where one is expected to remain professional at all times.. I think that it
    is possible to combine both, and people should not take it badly.. light
    relief is always a good softener, a smile or a laugh, especially when facing
    the tide of technology.. I try to keep it as humor too.. the line between
    humor and sarcasm is thin and, at times, the many personal struggles that I
    face cloud that line.. I trust that I did not cross the line in this
    instance..
     
    DianaH, Nov 20, 2006
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  13. I'm afraid that you missed the opportunity for RC2, it was only briefly available for previewers.

    The RTM version (Release to manufacturing, also called the Final or Gold version) will be released to businesses on November 30, 2006 and the general release to the public on January 30, 2007.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 23, 2006
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  14. DianaH

    DianaH Guest

    Thanks Ronnie,
    I'll have to wait until the public release is in the stores.
    I only have beta 2, build 5384 ... the RC1 won't install for whatever reason
    .... it goes well into the install process, then blows up. I'm going to
    reinstall xp ... as this version is soooooo painfully slow ... can't really
    get anything done. Some of my software that I need won't run and a couple
    of my peripherals are feeling the pain too. I gave it a good shot!
    Thanks for the info.

    I'm afraid that you missed the opportunity for RC2, it was only briefly
    available for previewers.

    The RTM version (Release to manufacturing, also called the Final or Gold
    version) will be released to businesses on November 30, 2006 and the
    general release to the public on January 30, 2007.
     
    DianaH, Nov 26, 2006
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  15. Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 27, 2006
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