"Building" Windows Vista: A Podcast Interview with Sven Hallauer, Director of Windows Release Management

We were recently able to catch up with Sven Hallauer, Director of Release Management for Windows Vista, to ask him a few questions regarding the build process of Windows Vista.  Sven is the master of all Windows builds.

On top of the awesome interview Sven did for us, he also helped us understand the process of incrementing build numbers.  In particular, why are we hearing about builds numbers in the 5500’s and at the same time builds in the 5700’s?  That’s an awfully big jump in build numbers, so we needed an explanation.

As a preview of the podcast, here’s how the road to Release Candidate 1 works:  Sven’s team has set aside a specific range of build numbers to incrementally build toward Windows Vista’s Release Candidate 1 (RC1) milestone; in this case, build numbers ranging from 5400 through 5699.  Likewise, numbers beginning with 57XX have been set aside for the RTM (Release-to-Manufacturing) release.

So does this mean that MS is working on builds for RC1 and RTM in parallel?  You bet!

Download our interview with Sven in MP3 or WMA formats.

Comments (13)

  1. Anonymous says:

    -4xxx: Before Longhorn reset 4051: PDC 03 build 4074: WinHEC 2004 build 5xxx-: After Longhorn reset 5112

  2. n-blue says:

    Thank you for clarify. So we have seen RTM build on EdTech which some ppl say it post-RC 1. Now sayinfg it RTM branch.

  3. milan221 says:

    The pre-rc1 download site, for 100.000 people only, is not working for me. when i start the download, it suddenly ends, and reports as complete. What should i do?

  4. milan221: Keep trying, it’s likely due to heavy traffic.

    Alternatively, wait until RC1 comes out, which will be soon.

  5. mloradites says:

    It’s a good interview but what the heck is with the background twang music. It’s really really really distracting……………