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Microsoft started work on their plans for Windows Vista (“Longhorn”) in 2001, prior to the release of Windows XP. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between Windows XP (codenamed “Whistler”) and “Blackcomb” (now known as Windows “Vienna”). Gradually, “Longhorn” assimilated many of the important new features and technologies slated for “Blackcomb”, resulting in the release date being pushed back several times. Many of Microsoft’s developers were also re-tasked with improving the security of Windows XP.

Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista will be broadly available as a stand-alone product or pre-installed on new PCs on January 30, 2007. Windows Vista will be made available to Volume License customers later in the month of November 2006.

After “Longhorn” was named Windows Vista, an unprecedented beta-test program was started, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies. In September 2005, Microsoft started releasing regular Community Technology Previews (CTP) to beta testers. The first of these was distributed among 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference attendees, and was subsequently released to Microsoft Beta testers and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers. The builds that followed incorporated most of the planned features for the final product, as well as a number of changes to the user interface, based largely on feedback from beta testers.

Windows Vista was deemed feature-complete with the release of the “February CTP“, released on February 22, 2006, and much of the remainder of work between that build and the final release of the product focused on stability, performance, application and driver compatibility, and documentation. Beta 2, released in late May, was the first build to be made available to the general public through Microsoft’s Customer Preview Program. It was downloaded by over five million people. Two release candidates followed in September and October, both of which were made available to a large number of users.

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  1. Hi Shorty,

    Thanks for your offer. However, I think I am still within the 1TB /mo limit of the new (mt)'s (gs) server. My site already serves roughly between 45Gb to 50GB /mo and this new vista wallpaper download is adding just about 30GB of data transfer which is expected to lower as time passes.

    Anyway, thanks a lot for the offer. I'm also fine if you simply want to re-host the files for people to download (I love this whole sharing thingy) and just give a link back here that they can download from here too.

    And yes, do let me know if you post the same so I can give a link there just in case my bandwidth kaputs.

  2. Hi Shorty,

    Thanks for your offer. However, I think I am still within the 1TB /mo limit of the new (mt)'s (gs) server. My site already serves roughly between 45Gb to 50GB /mo and this new vista wallpaper download is adding just about 30GB of data transfer which is expected to lower as time passes.

    Anyway, thanks a lot for the offer. I'm also fine if you simply want to re-host the files for people to download (I love this whole sharing thingy) and just give a link back here that they can download from here too.

    And yes, do let me know if you post the same so I can give a link there just in case my bandwidth kaputs.

  3. Thanks for this, also here to offer my TB of bandwidth if you need it, just as a backup sort of thing. Need a way to protect against bandwidth overage though which I havn't figured out, looking for a script or something.

  4. Man, you see how things are. 200 GB of downloads that people do and noone makes a single comment here. That's sad. Selfish people.

    Well, i am not here because i searched for Vista Wallpapers on the net or something. I have a blog that talks about Windows Vista, here in Brazil, because i have found this subject to be one that could catch some visitors and some Adsense money. I blog for a living, so you know........

    I thank you for setting this zip file, and would like to inform you that found out about your website on Life Hacker. Guess like 99% of your recent visitors.. ;)

    Well, i was looking at your adsense and have a comment to say: it sucks! The place sucks, the colors do too, everything sucks! Sorry for the honesty though..... lol....

    I have been using adsense for almost a year, and my blogs have caught enough traffic so that Google started sending me emails, asking if i wanted to optimise my Adsense and stuff. Of course i accepted and i did some other optimization on my own, including stuff that Google don't mention, but helps A LOT, as placing atractive images next to the ads.

    Please go to my most sucessful blog, which is noticiasautomotivas.com.br and look at the Adsense. Try to do something similar. If you do so, you will see your clicks increase in 100%-200%. Today i make twice as i did until last week, without the images next to the ads.

    Separate your ads, leave some blank spaces between them and the content, make them blend with your page, by using the same colors, etc.....

    Best Regards,

  5. Man, you see how things are. 200 GB of downloads that people do and noone makes a single comment here. That's sad. Selfish people.

    Well, i am not here because i searched for Vista Wallpapers on the net or something. I have a blog that talks about Windows Vista, here in Brazil, because i have found this subject to be one that could catch some visitors and some Adsense money. I blog for a living, so you know........

    I thank you for setting this zip file, and would like to inform you that found out about your website on Life Hacker. Guess like 99% of your recent visitors.. ;)

    Well, i was looking at your adsense and have a comment to say: it sucks! The place sucks, the colors do too, everything sucks! Sorry for the honesty though..... lol....

    I have been using adsense for almost a year, and my blogs have caught enough traffic so that Google started sending me emails, asking if i wanted to optimise my Adsense and stuff. Of course i accepted and i did some other optimization on my own, including stuff that Google don't mention, but helps A LOT, as placing atractive images next to the ads.

    Please go to my most sucessful blog, which is noticiasautomotivas.com.br and look at the Adsense. Try to do something similar. If you do so, you will see your clicks increase in 100%-200%. Today i make twice as i did until last week, without the images next to the ads.

    Separate your ads, leave some blank spaces between them and the content, make them blend with your page, by using the same colors, etc.....

    Best Regards,

  6. Thanks for this, also here to offer my TB of bandwidth if you need it, just as a backup sort of thing. Need a way to protect against bandwidth overage though which I havn't figured out, looking for a script or something.

  7. @Azhar, Thanks for the offer. I will remember if I run into issues.

    @Eber, Thanks for your comments about the adsense. I think you're right. I'll look into it with the next site design iteration. However, my primary goal is neither adsense nor advertisement for this site, thus the lack of interest. Nonetheless, I make a "decent earning (Goodl Adsense earning)":http://www.brajeshwar.com/archives/2006/10/i-just-earned-about-30-in-one-day-with-one-single-text-link-ad/ even without taking any care, "text-ad-links (text-link-ad referral ad)":http://www.brajeshwar.com/archives/2006/11/thank-you-for-purchasing-adspace-i-earned-275-in-just-a-forthnight/ is not bad.
    Btw, Lifehacker just showed up as the second rank in referral after Google Search.

  8. @Azhar, Thanks for the offer. I will remember if I run into issues.

    @Eber, Thanks for your comments about the adsense. I think you're right. I'll look into it with the next site design iteration. However, my primary goal is neither adsense nor advertisement for this site, thus the lack of interest. Nonetheless, I make a "decent earning (Goodl Adsense earning)":http://www.brajeshwar.com/archives/2006/10/i-just-earned-about-30-in-one-day-with-one-single-text-link-ad/ even without taking any care, "text-ad-links (text-link-ad referral ad)":http://www.brajeshwar.com/archives/2006/11/thank-you-for-purchasing-adspace-i-earned-275-in-just-a-forthnight/ is not bad.
    Btw, Lifehacker just showed up as the second rank in referral after Google Search.

  9. i'd like to receive windows vista official wallpaper (the original is the best), can you also put some logon screen (boot skin) and log off skin to make more attractive
    just like FlyAKite OSX3.5

  10. i'd like to receive windows vista official wallpaper (the original is the best), can you also put some logon screen (boot skin) and log off skin to make more attractive
    just like FlyAKite OSX3.5

  11. Hey thanks for the wallpaper man been looking for this stuff all over the place lol. Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Cebu Philippines, CS Rules

  12. Hey thanks for the wallpaper man been looking for this stuff all over the place lol. Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Cebu Philippines, CS Rules

  13. i'd like to thank all who compiled the images and zipped the files. of the 120 images in total i finally found the 2 pics i was lookin for

    WindowsVistaWallpaper-Missing/img22
    Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack/70

    LOCATION: N.Y.C

    ty again

  14. i'd like to thank all who compiled the images and zipped the files. of the 120 images in total i finally found the 2 pics i was lookin for

    WindowsVistaWallpaper-Missing/img22
    Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack/70

    LOCATION: N.Y.C

    ty again

  15. Thx man... Wonderful ZIP file and wonderful website you had...
    Love you... !!!
    :)

    -residen undip-

  16. Thx man... Wonderful ZIP file and wonderful website you had...
    Love you... !!!
    :)

    -residen undip-

  17. Mmm, these look great on my Ubuntu desktop....which is set up to look like Mac OS X. Not sure if I'm risking opening a portal to Hell with this combination, but it sure is pretty!

  18. Mmm, these look great on my Ubuntu desktop....which is set up to look like Mac OS X. Not sure if I'm risking opening a portal to Hell with this combination, but it sure is pretty!

  19. it's loving and a good collection of grasses..........................................................................

  20. it's loving and a good collection of grasses..........................................................................

  21. thanks a lot man i really like these window vista wallpaper. these wall paper are so cool. thanks you so much for put them in a zip file. cool person you are. sweet.

  22. thanks a lot man i really like these window vista wallpaper. these wall paper are so cool. thanks you so much for put them in a zip file. cool person you are. sweet.

  23. Been looking for some good Vista wallpapers all over google. Many r out there, but most of them r horrible to look at. People sticking Vista logos on anything they get their hands on. But these wallpapers r really cool, especially the ultimate editions. Got one already on my desktop. Thanx dude.

  24. Been looking for some good Vista wallpapers all over google. Many r out there, but most of them r horrible to look at. People sticking Vista logos on anything they get their hands on. But these wallpapers r really cool, especially the ultimate editions. Got one already on my desktop. Thanx dude.

  25. the wallpapers are really cool epecially the black ones, looking forward to getting some more in the same category..
    great work.... keep it up

    warm regards....

  26. the wallpapers are really cool epecially the black ones, looking forward to getting some more in the same category..
    great work.... keep it up

    warm regards....

  27. Really nice wallpapers! I saw my friend had some nice looking ones now i will be able to compete with. Thnx a lot!

  28. Really nice wallpapers! I saw my friend had some nice looking ones now i will be able to compete with. Thnx a lot!

  29. Wow - is all that I'm able to say, fantastic stuff. I hope you know I appreciate people like you, who dont demand money but give the best. Thanks.

  30. Wow - is all that I'm able to say, fantastic stuff. I hope you know I appreciate people like you, who dont demand money but give the best. Thanks.

  31. 好网站,值得收藏!
    ----:)

  32. 好网站,值得收藏!
    ----:)

  33. Currently, downloaded all the packs :D

    I please to have it, it just one zip. I got all the wallpaper. I love this:D

    Thank You very much and everthing is stuning.

  34. Currently, downloaded all the packs :D

    I please to have it, it just one zip. I got all the wallpaper. I love this:D

    Thank You very much and everthing is stuning.

  35. I think you can just upload the files to Rapidshare, can't you? So you will not have to worry about the bandwidth.

  36. I think you can just upload the files to Rapidshare, can't you? So you will not have to worry about the bandwidth.

  37. guys great job. Thanks for the lovely collection of wallpapers. they look amazing on my laptop screen. I Would sit and drool over them. Thanks a million.
    Any help to be rendered shoot me a mail guys. We here undertake projects for graphic designing and game development.

    Tataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  38. guys great job. Thanks for the lovely collection of wallpapers. they look amazing on my laptop screen. I Would sit and drool over them. Thanks a million.
    Any help to be rendered shoot me a mail guys. We here undertake projects for graphic designing and game development.

    Tataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  39. Gee! This is cool FREE stuff! I was amazed with these wall paper collections. Cant help but say WOW!

    No wonder its on top of Google when you search Vista Wallpapers as keyword. You deserve to be on top.

    Maraming Salamat Sa Yo! (Thanks to You!)

  40. Gee! This is cool FREE stuff! I was amazed with these wall paper collections. Cant help but say WOW!

    No wonder its on top of Google when you search Vista Wallpapers as keyword. You deserve to be on top.

    Maraming Salamat Sa Yo! (Thanks to You!)

  41. thnx for this man, really awesome. Just so u no, i get a 403 forbidden error wen i try to download from the google server, even when i sign in... somethin im duin wrong maybe. anyway i downloaded them from the primary server.
    Thnx a heap.

  42. thnx for this man, really awesome. Just so u no, i get a 403 forbidden error wen i try to download from the google server, even when i sign in... somethin im duin wrong maybe. anyway i downloaded them from the primary server.
    Thnx a heap.

  43. Nice site, I have bookmarked your site yet and I will come back again ! You have a gratest site!

  44. Nice site, I have bookmarked your site yet and I will come back again ! You have a gratest site!

  45. Could you please send to me the contacts of developer of your site? It looks so damn good!

  46. Could you please send to me the contacts of developer of your site? It looks so damn good!

  47. Wow! i love the color scheme of its wall paper.... it makes you relax whenever you may see it.! nice vista!

  48. Wow! i love the color scheme of its wall paper.... it makes you relax whenever you may see it.! nice vista!

  49. hey.. thanks for the wallpapers. too bad that wallpapers differ per release/pack... i only have the premium release..

    thanks again..

  50. hey.. thanks for the wallpapers. too bad that wallpapers differ per release/pack... i only have the premium release..

    thanks again..

  51. I stoped by to look at the wallpapers and did not download any because I am getting vista in 2 days on a NEW COMP ( so excited ) anyways people like you make the internet worth surfing.

    I'll be sure to stop by when I get vista and check them out again

  52. I stoped by to look at the wallpapers and did not download any because I am getting vista in 2 days on a NEW COMP ( so excited ) anyways people like you make the internet worth surfing.

    I'll be sure to stop by when I get vista and check them out again

  53. Help!

    I can't find, in all the wallpapers that you've uploaded, the one that is show on this page. The only one that comes close is the 4:3 version. I cannot find the 16:9 version shown above.

    Thank you!

  54. Help!

    I can't find, in all the wallpapers that you've uploaded, the one that is show on this page. The only one that comes close is the 4:3 version. I cannot find the 16:9 version shown above.

    Thank you!

  55. Hi this is cool,, keep up the good work i got some cool vista wallpapers,, and i suggest you to upload some rapid share links in your website so that we can get some good appz or movies...

  56. Hi this is cool,, keep up the good work i got some cool vista wallpapers,, and i suggest you to upload some rapid share links in your website so that we can get some good appz or movies...

  57. how r u plz send me natures buty walpapers on my e mail i can not download it plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

  58. how r u plz send me natures buty walpapers on my e mail i can not download it plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

  59. Why need these wall papers if you have a good digital camera and take better images and upload them in the picture folder and set it for wall papers and continuously run in the background of the screen?
    MOst of them can be take with your mobile phone and edited in Photoshop with more clarity.

    Windows VISTA , Windows 7 SUCKS.

    XP PRO IS BETTER

    MAC IS KING !!!

  60. Why need these wall papers if you have a good digital camera and take better images and upload them in the picture folder and set it for wall papers and continuously run in the background of the screen?
    MOst of them can be take with your mobile phone and edited in Photoshop with more clarity.

    Windows VISTA , Windows 7 SUCKS.

    XP PRO IS BETTER

    MAC IS KING !!!

  61. Thank you for the Vista wallpapers! :) I like the environmentally-friendly/green ones especially.
    cheers.

  62. Thank you for the Vista wallpapers! :) I like the environmentally-friendly/green ones especially.
    cheers.

  63. I like to use the operating system Microsoft Windows Vista Wallpapers it was very interesting and simple. thank you for sharing information on

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