Windows Longhorn build 4088

Build of Windows Longhorn
OS family
Timebomb+180 days after original install date
Works in
Preinstallation Environment
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Windows Longhorn build 4088 is a Milestone 7 build of Windows Longhorn. Previously only the Preinstallation Environment of this build was available until 13 January 2015 when BetaArchive user Daniel uploaded the full version of this build to the aforementioned site's FTP server.[1]

Changes and fixes[edit | edit source]

  • This build no longer shows the boot screen upon initializing Preinstallation Environment and Setup. The boot screen when starting setup and WinPE was reused in Windows Vista build 5048.
  • WordPad can now be opened again after being broken from builds 4081 to 4087.
  • The shortcuts in the quick launch are now present again on the sidebar and taskbar.
  • The CD/DVD/USB icon image now appears on the Autoplay dialog.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • As typical of builds in this build range, it tends to take a long time to install and can be unstable.
  • Partition and format a drive from a previous or later build prior to starting installation.
  • Redirections like 2>nul don't work correctly.
  • When booting to the desktop for the first time, sploosv.exe will max out 1 CPU core.
  • When booting to the desktop for the first time, Personalized Settings may hang on Theme Setup. To fix, open up Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc then, going to shutdown and restarting the system. This will reboot the machine to the desktop. Alternatively, you can fix this by terminating regsrv32.exe (although this causes the system to enable the Windows Classic Theme).

WinPE[edit | edit source]

  • On some computers and virtualizers, the WinPE doesn't support the mouse, so you must use the keyboard to navigate the WinPE. This seems to be related to using a PS/2 mouse, as USB mice seems to work fine for the setup.
  • Attempting to use the copy command in WinPE to copy files over from the the CD drive to a formatted Hard Drive, will cause a FAT_FILE_SYSTEM BSOD.
  • Various commands in WinPE's command prompt will not work due to VSSAPI.DLL being missing.

Upgrade[edit | edit source]

Attempting to upgrade from other builds is not possible as one of two outcomes may occur:

  1. A bugcheck with error code 0x0000007E after the second reboot. This is commonly observed when trying to upgrade from non-componentized builds, such as build 4074 (via a registry tweak that reports it as a componentized build).
  2. An error during the file copy phase.

Timebomb[edit | edit source]

Unlike other Longhorn builds, it contains a broken timebomb and can be installed on the current date. However, before installation, machine time will still be checked and verified.

Outlook Express[edit | edit source]

Outlook Express does not start due to registry errors and certain dependencies on WinFS.

Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • CD, DVD and floppy drives behave like local disks.
  • Help and Support crashes Explorer.
  • Explorer will crash after adding the display tile in sidebar and won't launch again. A workaround is to create a new account via cmd.
  • On first boot after Setup, some texts in Explorer and taskbar will appear as empty square symbols. This bug only happens on first boot and will go away after a restart.

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

  • Hardware and Devices folder does not open.
  • By default, the Phone and Modem Options Control Panel applet name is empty.
  • When launching Computer Management, there is a chance that script errors will be displayed relating to missing registry entries.

Hardware / Drivers[edit | edit source]

  • This build will randomly access the floppy drive.
  • On some boots, Windows may not detect the CD/DVD drive.
  • On some computers, you will need to enable VGA Mode after installing video drivers or the system will result in a blue screen of death with the error code 0x000000B4.

TCP/IP bug[edit | edit source]

  • The TCP/IP stack can tend to malfunction, as it will result in a BSOD with the error code 0x000000D1.

Windows Product Activation[edit | edit source]

  • Windows Product Activation is missing.

Safe mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Safe mode is completely broken and results in a bugcheck with code 0x7B. This is because the Safeboot key, located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control is largely incomplete and missing a lot of entries. Restoring the key from a build with working safe mode enables this build to boot in safe mode, but the display is not initialized properly which leads to no video output (which is seen as a black screen).

Other bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Task Manager is known to hang when launching a new task.
  • When shutting down, restarting or logging off, there is a chance that the system will refuse to log off and get stuck on the Logging Off screen. Should this happen, shut down the system by pressing the power button once. This will trigger the Emergency Shutdown function and shut off the system.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]