Windows Me build 2348

Build of Windows Me
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Timebomb2000-03-15 (+226 days)
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Windows Me build 2348 is the second Developer Release build of Windows Me. According to Paul Thurrott, it was released to testers on 6 August 1999.[1] This build was found on the fourth disc of the Crazybytes 42 warez CD compilation and was also scene leaked by the warez group GLoW.

This build incorporates the Automatic Updates feature which is included in subsequent versions of the operating system.

New features[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

This is the first available build of Windows Me that recommends to the user to quit all Windows programs before continuing Setup. Setup also received various UI updates to mostly resemble the Wizard97 style. For example, the welcome dialog displayed when setup has been started has been shifted to after setup has been prepared.

Windows Media Player[edit | edit source]

Windows Media Player has been updated to a very early build of version 7.0. The UI has not been changed, and is still identical to its predecessor.

Activity Centers[edit | edit source]

This is the first leaked build of Windows Me to include the Activity Centers and Microsoft Mars, though they are still in a very early stage of development and largely incomplete. They are located in the file WEBVW.DLL. To install them, you must first create a new DWORD value named MilExtraDirs in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, then re-register the mentioned DLL with Regsvr32 webvw.dll. Activity Center files will be placed in C:\WINDOWS\Activity and you can set the Start Page as your Active desktop page.

Music Center is called "Audio Center" in this build and is still largely a placeholder. Photo Center seems somewhat more complete, while the Game Center is completely absent.

System Restore[edit | edit source]

This build contains the System Restore executable and registry keys, although even if the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\_VxDMon,"SystemRestore"] is set to Y, opening RSTRUI.EXE will only lead to a PCHealth error.

System File Protection[edit | edit source]

System File Protection is included but not enabled by default. The [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\_VxDMon,"SystemFileProtection "] registry key has to be set to Y in order to be enabled. After the registry key has been updated, the system must be rebooted for the System File Protection to become active. However, this can often lead to the system hanging upon logon due to an MS-DOS Prompt window opening on login that hangs.

Windows AutoUpdate[edit | edit source]

An early version of AutoUpdate is included in this build.

Other additions[edit | edit source]

  • A user interface for USB hot plugging has been added via HOTPLUG.DLL, including the tray icon for safely ejecting devices.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]