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  • ...that Windows XP has been supported in various forms for almost 18 years, which is the longest compared to any other version of Microsoft Windows?
  • ...that Windows Server 2003 build 2462 includes login banners for a Personal edition of Windows 2000?
  • ...that Windows 95 build 90c has a mention to Windows 94 which could suggest that Chicago was planned to be called Windows 94 in the first part of 1994 and could've been released in 1994?
  • ...that the Windows XP team created a decoy theme called Mallard to hide the fact they were secretly working on Luna?
  • ...that Windows Neptune was a cancelled version of Windows that ought to bring a new user interface reminiscent of Metro later introduced in Windows 8?

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Windows 3.0 build 14 is an early version of Windows 3.0 released to independent software vendors (ISVs). It is the earliest leaked and confirmed pre-release version of Windows 3.0, although files that could possibly originate from an earlier compile of this build have been found in build 55.

This early release was distributed on two 1.2MB 5.25" floppy disks and can only run on a 386 or better machine with a specific version of DOS, as not using the correct version will cause Windows to either crash, or refuse to launch the shell. It is speculated that this release was heavily rushed, on the basis of an improvised batch file installation script, as well as lack of accessories and applications included in both Windows 2.x and later builds of Windows 3.0.


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