Windows 2000 build 1877

Build of Windows 2000
OS family
ArchitectureDEC Alpha, x86 (PC, PC-98)
Timebomb+240 days after original install date
Works in
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Windows 2000 build 1877 is the official Beta 2 build of Windows 2000, released on 17 August 1998. It is available in English, German, and Japanese. A Korean version was shown in a magazine but is yet to be found.

Changes[edit | edit source]

  • The Command Prompt will no longer launch minimized during the graphical stage of setup. This change would be later reverted in the next build.
  • This build does not include the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, which however is included in both the previous and the next build.

Findings[edit | edit source]

The boot screen of the German localization notably features a different boot screen for the Workstation SKU, with the rectangles with the Windows flag being colored gray instead of blue. Also, the animated banner is colored dark blue-gray instead of dark-sky blue. This is perhaps due to a lower color depth.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

The mouse may get disabled during the GUI portion of the setup.

VirtualBox[edit | edit source]

After the "Installing and configuring devices" section of the setup, the screen will turn black and will not come back. The only workaround is to boot to the CD, repair the install, and proceed with the installation as usual. This bug persists until build 1993.

German localization[edit | edit source]

  • When booting off from the CD, the whole text-based setup is in English. This does not affect setup started with WINNT.EXE or WINNT32.EXE respectively, but the license agreement will remain in English.
  • The "Welcome to Windows NT" application is not fully translated and uses Server branding for the banner in the Workstation SKU.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

The icons in Device Manager are not displayed properly.

IA-64/AXP64 references[edit | edit source]

The SDK for this build has a readme and batch file claiming that it includes "Preliminary Platform SDK support for Win64" with "pre-beta releases of an IA64 compiler and an AXP64 compiler and linker"; the batch file however expects them to be in a bin\Win64 directory which is not included.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

German version[edit | edit source]

Upgrade from Windows NT 4.0[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Korean version (unleaked)[edit | edit source]

Japanese version[edit | edit source]

Debug[edit | edit source]