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|name=Windows Vista
 
|name=Windows Vista
 
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==Development==
 
==Development==
The Longhorn project was intended as a bridging release between [[Windows XP|Whistler]] and the later version of Windows codenamed Blackcomb. Over time, many features slated for Blackcomb became part of Longhorn, and employees jumped ship from other parts of the company. Longhorn became a bloated, unstable piece of vaporware. The first build to leak publicly was [[Windows Longhorn build 3683|build 3683]], which contained a new theme, and also the foundations for WinFS, and Avalon, which eventually became the Windows Presentation Framework. "Longhorn" was originally intended to be an interim release, but picked up many features slated for its successor.
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The "Longhorn" project started in the earnest of May 2001, it was originally intended as a bridging release between [[Windows XP|Whistler]] and the later version of Windows codenamed Blackcomb. Over time, many features slated for Blackcomb became part of Longhorn, and employees jumped ship from other parts of the company. As its development progressed before the reset, Longhorn became a heavily bloated, unstable piece of vaporware. The first build to leak publicly was [[Windows Longhorn build 3683|build 3683]], which contained a new theme and also the foundations for ''Windows Future Storage'' (aka WinFS) and Avalon (which eventually transformed into the Windows Presentation Framework). Longhorn was intended to be an interim release but picked up many features slated for its successor.
  
Stability increasingly became an issue as development progressed, and few builds were publicly released as a result (including the lack of Home Edition builds). In fact, only two builds were distributed at conferences and to developers, [[Windows Longhorn build 4051|build 4051]] and [[Windows Longhorn build 4074|build 4074]]. The last known confirmed build from before the development reset is [[Windows Longhorn build 4093|build 4093]]. After the compilation of build 4093, the development of Longhorn was reset, mainly because of the instability of the current Longhorn branch. At about 9 PM, on the same day as the compilation of 4093, Microsoft stopped development of Windows Longhorn and started fresh using [[Windows Server 2003|Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1]] as a codebase, starting the Omega-13 period. Immediate post-reset builds have been primarily focused on reintegrating features from the pre-reset builds while maintaining stability. Most of these builds are similar to [[Windows XP]] in overall look and feel. Few builds from this stage of development have been released, officially or otherwise. Development of Longhorn continued, albeit many features originally slated for inclusion were delayed or dropped to provide a more realistic operating system. Examples of this include WinFS, and what would become [[Windows PowerShell]].
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Stability increasingly became an issue as development progressed, and very few builds were publicly released as a result (including the lack of Home Edition builds). Only two builds were distributed at conferences and to developers: [[Windows Longhorn build 4051|build 4051]] and [[Windows Longhorn build 4074|build 4074]]. The last known confirmed build from before the development reset is [[Windows Longhorn build 4093|build 4093]]. At 16:29, on the same day as the compilation of 4093, Microsoft reset the development of Windows Longhorn and started fresh using [[Windows Server 2003|Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1]] as a codebase, starting the Omega-13 period. Immediate post-reset builds have been primarily focused on reintegrating features from the pre-reset builds while maintaining stability. Most of these builds are similar to [[Windows XP]] in the overall look and feel. Few builds from this stage of development have been released, officially or otherwise. Development of Longhorn continued, albeit many features originally slated for inclusion were delayed or dropped to provide a more realistic operating system. Examples of this include WinFS, and what would become [[Windows PowerShell]].
  
In April 2005, a pre-beta build was released to testers ([[Windows Vista build 5048|build 5048]]). This build showed the progress made since the reset and also proved much more stable than previous builds. [[Windows Vista build 5112|Build 5112]] (Beta 1) was released to the public soon afterward in July and showcased an early version of the Aero interface, as well as many stability improvements over XP. Later that year and the next year, many builds were pushed to testers in a public beta program. The final build out to public preview testers was [[Windows Vista build 5744|Release Candidate 2 (build 5744)]]. The RTM build was [[Windows Vista build 6000.16386|build 6000.16386]].
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In April 2005, a pre-beta build was released to testers ([[Windows Vista build 5048|build 5048]]). This build showed the progress made since the reset and also proved much more stable than previous builds. [[Windows Vista build 5112|Build 5112]] (Beta 1) was released to the public soon afterward in July and showcased an early version of the Aero interface, as well as many stability improvements over XP. Later that year and the next year, many builds were released to testers in a public beta program. The final build that was pushed out to public preview testers was [[Windows Vista build 5744|Release Candidate 2 (build 5744)]]. The RTM build was [[Windows Vista build 6000.16386|build 6000.16386]].
  
 
==Editions==
 
==Editions==
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Windows Vista came in many editions. Unlike [[Windows XP]], there was no special edition for Media Center and 64-bit capability, since these features were included in at least one of the consumer editions. Windows Vista also did not have an embedded version, perhaps due to the considerable grunt required to run optimally.
 
Windows Vista came in many editions. Unlike [[Windows XP]], there was no special edition for Media Center and 64-bit capability, since these features were included in at least one of the consumer editions. Windows Vista also did not have an embedded version, perhaps due to the considerable grunt required to run optimally.
  
 
*''Starter'': This edition is intended for emerging markets and low-cost PCs. As in XP, the 3-program limit was there, and only 1GB RAM was accepted. Other software restrictions applied as well. This version is hence not available in 64-bit.
 
*''Starter'': This edition is intended for emerging markets and low-cost PCs. As in XP, the 3-program limit was there, and only 1GB RAM was accepted. Other software restrictions applied as well. This version is hence not available in 64-bit.
*''Home Basic'': Found in low cost to mid-end, this version of Windows Vista does not fully have Aero (though it has DWM) and hence does not have effects like transparency and 3D Flip. Windows Media Center is also dropped from this build. Parental Controls is included, however. It does not have the hardware and 3-program limit.
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*''Home Basic'': Found in low cost to mid-end, this version of Windows Vista does not fully have Aero (though it has DWM) and hence does not have effects like transparency and 3D Flip. Windows Media Center is also not present in this edition. Parental Controls are included, however. Unlike the Starter edition, it does not have the hardware and 3-program limit.
*''Home Premium'': The consumer version of Windows Vista, this version includes full Aero functionality and Windows Media Center. It also includes Premium Games (eg - Inkball).
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*''Home Premium'': The consumer version of Windows Vista, this version includes full Aero functionality and Windows Media Center. It also includes Premium Games (eg - InkBall).
*''Business'': The business-oriented version of Windows Vista, it contains several features like full RDP (client/host) capability, Group Policy, and domain joinability. However, Windows Media Center and Parental Controls are not included, and Premium Games are disabled by default.
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*'' Business'': The business-oriented version of Windows Vista, it contains several features like full RDP (client/host) capability, Group Policy, and domain joinability. However, Windows Media Center and Parental Controls are not included, and Premium Games are disabled by default.
 
*''Ultimate'': The top consumer variant of Windows Vista, it is a merger of the features included Windows Vista Home Premium and Business. BitLocker is included in this version.
 
*''Ultimate'': The top consumer variant of Windows Vista, it is a merger of the features included Windows Vista Home Premium and Business. BitLocker is included in this version.
 
*''Enterprise'': The business variant of Windows Vista. It is similar to Ultimate, but without Windows Media Center and includes enterprise-specific tools.
 
*''Enterprise'': The business variant of Windows Vista. It is similar to Ultimate, but without Windows Media Center and includes enterprise-specific tools.
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==Sound scheme==
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No build of Windows Vista (including pre-reset) used or even included the widespread Longhorn sound scheme. That sound scheme came from many different fanmade themes. The Windows XP sounds were actually used for every pre-reset build, and later kept being swapped with Vista sounds starting with [[Windows Vista build 5469|build 5469]] - [[Windows Vista build 5840.16384|5840.16384]].
  
 
==Builds==
 
==Builds==
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===Milestone 4===
 
===Milestone 4===
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4000|4000}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4000|4000}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4001|4001.main.021204-1515}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4001|4001.main.021204-1515}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4002|4002.Lab06_N(ntvbl06).030108-1926}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4002|4002.Lab06_N(ntvbl06).030108-1926}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4042 (Lab06 n)|4042.Lab06_n.030909-1709}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4042 (Lab06 n)|4042.Lab06_n.030909-1709}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4044|4044.Lab06_n.030915-1925}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4044|4044.Lab06_n.030915-1925}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4048 (Lab02)|4048.Lab02.030923-1849}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4048 (idx02)|4048.idx02.030925-1900}}
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4048 (idx02)|4048.idx02.030925-1900}}
 
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4050 (idx02)|4050.idx02.030928-0552}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Longhorn build 4050 (idx02)|4050.idx02.030928-0552}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4050 (private/lab06_demo.031013-1849)|4050.private/lab06_demo.031013-1849}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Longhorn build 4050 (private/lab06_demo.031013-1849)|4050.private/lab06_demo.031013-1849}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5000 (vbl_core.040902-2000)|5000.vbl_core.040902-2000}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5000 (vbl_core.040902-2000)|5000.vbl_core.040902-2000}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5001|5001.winmain.040927-1610}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5001|5001.winmain.040927-1610}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5018|5018.vbl_core_kernel.041202-2000}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5019|5019}}
 
  
 
===Pre-Beta 1===
 
===Pre-Beta 1===
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5019|5019}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5048|5048.winmain_idx02.050401-0536}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5048|5048.winmain_idx02.050401-0536}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5054|5054.vbl_ux_nisd.050404-1730}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5054|5054.vbl_ux_nisd.050404-1730}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5059 (vbl_ux_dev_checkin)|5059.vbl_ux_dev_checkin.050420-1700}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5059 (vbl_ux_dev_checkin)|5059.vbl_ux_dev_checkin.050420-1700}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5060|5060.vbl_wcp_avalon.050417-1805}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5060|5060.vbl_wcp_avalon.050417-1805}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5061|5061}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5061|5061}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5063|5063.vbl_ux_dev.050511-1730}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5063|5063.vbl_ux_dev.050511-1730}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5071|5071.winmain_idx01.050605-2010}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5071|5071.winmain_idx01.050605-2010}}
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===Beta 1===
 
===Beta 1===
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5098|5098.winmain_beta1.050628-1740}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5098|5098.winmain_beta1.050628-1740}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5099|5099}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5099|5099}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5112|5112.winmain_beta1.050720-1600}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5112|5112.winmain_beta1.050720-1600}}
  
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5259|5259.winmain_idx02.051113-2100}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5259|5259.winmain_idx02.051113-2100}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5259.3|5259.3.winmain_idx02.051117-1715}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5259.3|5259.3.winmain_idx02.051117-1715}}
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5260|5260.?.0511??-????}}
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{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5260|5260}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5268|5268.winmain.051117-2200}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5268|5268.winmain.051117-2200}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5270|5270.9.winmain_idx03.051214-1910}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5270|5270.9.winmain_idx03.051214-1910}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5342 (vbl ux partners winapps)|5342.vbl_ux_partners_winapps.060316-0000}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5342 (vbl ux partners winapps)|5342.vbl_ux_partners_winapps.060316-0000}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5342 (winmain idx04)|5342.2.winmain_idx04.060321-1730}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5342 (winmain idx04)|5342.2.winmain_idx04.060321-1730}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5346|5346.vbl_media_ehome.060322-2100}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5346|5346.vbl_media_ehome.060322-2100}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5350|5350.winmain.060323-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5350|5350.winmain.060323-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5353|5353.winmain.060327-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5353|5353.winmain.060327-1900}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5421|5421.winmain.060428-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5421|5421.winmain.060428-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5435|5435.vbl_media_ehome_dev.060523-2105}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5435|5435.vbl_media_ehome_dev.060523-2105}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5439|5439.vbl_media_core.060511-1323}}
 
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5442|5442.vbl_wcp_um_dev.060529-1949}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5442|5442.vbl_wcp_um_dev.060529-1949}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5449|5449.vbl_media_ehome_dev.060613-1930}}
 
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5449|5449.vbl_media_ehome_dev.060613-1930}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5492|5492.winmain.060802-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5492|5492.winmain.060802-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5505|5505.6.vista_rc1.060807-2215}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5505|5505.6.vista_rc1.060807-2215}}
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5520|5520.16384.vista_rc1.060812-2235}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5520.16384|5520.16384.vista_rc1.060812-2235}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5520.16387|5520.16387.vista_rc1.060816-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5536|5536.16385.vista_rc1.060821-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5536|5536.16385.vista_rc1.060821-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5552.16384|5552.16384.vista_rc1.060822-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5552.16384|5552.16384.vista_rc1.060822-1900}}
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{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5723|5723.vbl_media.060912-1910}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5723|5723.vbl_media.060912-1910}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5728|5728.16387.winmain_idx06.060917-1430}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5728|5728.16387.winmain_idx06.060917-1430}}
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5733|5733.0.vbl_media.060919-1825}}
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{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Vista build 5733|5733.0.vbl_media.060919-1825}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5734|5734.0.winmain.060920-1805}}
 
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Vista build 5734|5734.0.winmain.060920-1805}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5738|5738.vista_rtm.060925-1900}}
 
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Vista build 5738|5738.vista_rtm.060925-1900}}

Latest revision as of 02:59, 1 July 2020

Windows Vista
Version of Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows Vista wordmark.svg
WindowsVista-RTM-DesktopAero.png
OS familyWindows NT
Version6.0
CodenameLonghorn
Preliminary name
Architecturex86, x64, IA-64
Latest build
Release date2007-01-30
Support end2017-04-11
Replaces
Windows XP
Replaced by
Windows 7

Windows Vista is an operating system by Microsoft. It was released worldwide on 2007-01-30. It replaces Windows XP and was replaced by Windows 7. It reached RTM on 2006-11-08.

Development[edit | edit source]

The "Longhorn" project started in the earnest of May 2001, it was originally intended as a bridging release between Whistler and the later version of Windows codenamed Blackcomb. Over time, many features slated for Blackcomb became part of Longhorn, and employees jumped ship from other parts of the company. As its development progressed before the reset, Longhorn became a heavily bloated, unstable piece of vaporware. The first build to leak publicly was build 3683, which contained a new theme and also the foundations for Windows Future Storage (aka WinFS) and Avalon (which eventually transformed into the Windows Presentation Framework). Longhorn was intended to be an interim release but picked up many features slated for its successor.

Stability increasingly became an issue as development progressed, and very few builds were publicly released as a result (including the lack of Home Edition builds). Only two builds were distributed at conferences and to developers: build 4051 and build 4074. The last known confirmed build from before the development reset is build 4093. At 16:29, on the same day as the compilation of 4093, Microsoft reset the development of Windows Longhorn and started fresh using Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 as a codebase, starting the Omega-13 period. Immediate post-reset builds have been primarily focused on reintegrating features from the pre-reset builds while maintaining stability. Most of these builds are similar to Windows XP in the overall look and feel. Few builds from this stage of development have been released, officially or otherwise. Development of Longhorn continued, albeit many features originally slated for inclusion were delayed or dropped to provide a more realistic operating system. Examples of this include WinFS, and what would become Windows PowerShell.

In April 2005, a pre-beta build was released to testers (build 5048). This build showed the progress made since the reset and also proved much more stable than previous builds. Build 5112 (Beta 1) was released to the public soon afterward in July and showcased an early version of the Aero interface, as well as many stability improvements over XP. Later that year and the next year, many builds were released to testers in a public beta program. The final build that was pushed out to public preview testers was Release Candidate 2 (build 5744). The RTM build was build 6000.16386.

Editions[edit | edit source]

Windows Vista came in many editions. Unlike Windows XP, there was no special edition for Media Center and 64-bit capability, since these features were included in at least one of the consumer editions. Windows Vista also did not have an embedded version, perhaps due to the considerable grunt required to run optimally.

  • Starter: This edition is intended for emerging markets and low-cost PCs. As in XP, the 3-program limit was there, and only 1GB RAM was accepted. Other software restrictions applied as well. This version is hence not available in 64-bit.
  • Home Basic: Found in low cost to mid-end, this version of Windows Vista does not fully have Aero (though it has DWM) and hence does not have effects like transparency and 3D Flip. Windows Media Center is also not present in this edition. Parental Controls are included, however. Unlike the Starter edition, it does not have the hardware and 3-program limit.
  • Home Premium: The consumer version of Windows Vista, this version includes full Aero functionality and Windows Media Center. It also includes Premium Games (eg - InkBall).
  • Business: The business-oriented version of Windows Vista, it contains several features like full RDP (client/host) capability, Group Policy, and domain joinability. However, Windows Media Center and Parental Controls are not included, and Premium Games are disabled by default.
  • Ultimate: The top consumer variant of Windows Vista, it is a merger of the features included Windows Vista Home Premium and Business. BitLocker is included in this version.
  • Enterprise: The business variant of Windows Vista. It is similar to Ultimate, but without Windows Media Center and includes enterprise-specific tools.

Sound scheme[edit | edit source]

No build of Windows Vista (including pre-reset) used or even included the widespread Longhorn sound scheme. That sound scheme came from many different fanmade themes. The Windows XP sounds were actually used for every pre-reset build, and later kept being swapped with Vista sounds starting with build 5469 - 5840.16384.

Builds[edit | edit source]

Alpha[edit | edit source]

Milestone 3[edit | edit source]

Milestone 4[edit | edit source]

Milestone 5[edit | edit source]

Milestone 6[edit | edit source]

Milestone 7[edit | edit source]

Development reset[edit | edit source]

These builds are also referred to as Omega-13 builds.

Pre-Beta 1[edit | edit source]

Beta 1[edit | edit source]

Beta 2[edit | edit source]

Release Candidate 1[edit | edit source]

Release Candidate 2[edit | edit source]

Pre-RTM[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Service Pack 1[edit | edit source]

Service Pack 2[edit | edit source]

Service Pack 2 Update[edit | edit source]