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Sound muting and other Vista 5728 changes of note

Here are some of the more noticeable Vista changes and hot buttons, courtesy of Microsoft bloggers and others around the Web.
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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

Testers are starting to dabble with the post-Release-Candidate-1 Vista Build (Number 5728) that Microsoft made available for download on September 22.

What’s new? Here are some of the more noticeable Vista changes and hot buttons, courtesy of Microsoft bloggers and others around the Web:

* Microsoft is allowing users to mute the Vista startup sound, after all. Testers complained about Microsoft’s decision to hard-code the sound into Release Candidate (RC) 1. Microsoft listened and bowed to tester feedback.

* With Build 5728, Microsoft has included some new Vista nature wallpapers, and more new Vista-specific icons.

* Testers with Toshiba models M400, M4 and M5 need to do a clean install (not upgrade) of Vista 5728.

On a related note, Microsoft has made available its “Vista User Experience Guidelines” for developers writing new Vista apps and/or attempting to retrofit existing Windows software to take advantage of the new Vista user interface . As part of that information, Microsoft has posted a list of “Top Violations” that it is noticing in Vista design reviews.

Additionally, Microsoft also made available for download yesterday the 5728 Community Technology Preview build of Windows Server Longhorn.

Anyone have any new details to share as to what’s new in the latest release of Microsoft’s next-gen server operating system, which is due to ship in the latter half of 2007?

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