Windows Longhorn build 4051

Build of Windows Longhorn
OS family
Architecturex86, x64, IA-64
Timebomb+180 days after original install date
Works in
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Windows Longhorn build 4051 is a Milestone 7 build of Windows Longhorn and the build given to attendees of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003 in Los Angeles, California, which was held during the 27 October to 30 October of that year as a cut-down release from the demo builds shown off at that conference.

This build comes in x86, x64 and IA-64 variants. The x64 version is not overly different from the x86 version, but it has a new setup style and several apps including Internet Explorer 6 have been optimized for x64 (often, the x86 versions do not run).

The Checked/Debug version was previously known to not work in hypervisors; it will simply refuse to load setup due to a bugged processor check. However, BetaArchive user WindowsNeptune later found a fix to run the x64 version. It is also noted that this version works fine on a physical system with AMD processors that contain the 64-bit AMD64 instruction set.[1]

This build was compiled in evaluation mode and can be installed on the current date. Attempting to log onto the desktop once the timebomb has been triggered will return the user to the login screen.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Architecture Key
IA-64 P9BT8-6HBG3-GRF29-BM92B-M973D

Setup[edit | edit source]

Although the setup process overall is similar to previous builds of Longhorn, you cannot upgrade to this build from a previous build of Longhorn, due to this being a PDC build.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • New Documents and Photos and Videos libraries.
  • The prefix "My" was dropped in most of the remaining folders, resulting in new names for locations Computer, Network Places and Contacts.

Internet Explorer[edit | edit source]

Internet Explorer 6.05 included an add-on manager, a download manager, pop-up blocker, and a tool to quickly delete browsing history.

Other new features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • A new TCP/IP stack. IPv6 is also enabled by default in this new stack.
  • Self-Healing NTFS was added in this build.
  • The top buttons in the migration wizard now function.
  • The winver banner has been changed to align with the new Slate theme.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Shell[edit | edit source]

The x64 and IA-64 compile of this build lacks the Sidebar and Explorer preview pane, due to the Avalon framework not being implemented.

Notifications[edit | edit source]

Notifications tend to reappear quite a lot, until the user reaches a certain point where they will finally close for real upon closing. To fix this, disable the Sidebar or click on Options, and then click on "Don't show this again".

TCP/IP stack[edit | edit source]

The TCP/IP stack has a few bugs, however, most of them were fixed in build 4053.

Unstable x64 compile[edit | edit source]

The x64 compile of this build is extremely slow and buggy, installs barebone drivers on first startup, and hardly runs any applications which are 32-bit that can run on the x86 version. To get a little better performance, the Windows Classic theme is recommended.

ClearType[edit | edit source]

Some copies of the x86 compile of this build don't have ClearType enabled by default.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

PDC 2003 discs[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]