Windows Vista build 5231 (winmain)
|Build of Windows Vista
|2006-05-31 (+261 days)
Editions and keys[edit | edit source]
|Edition / SKU Name
|Home Basic N
|Professional Standard N
Setup[edit | edit source]
Setup has received minor uplifts compared to previous builds of Vista. For starters, the fonts used in both the first section of setup and the hardware portion have been changed. There is also a new fading animation whilst switching between pages in the first section of setup. The "your installation settings" page has also been removed, and its subpages are now just generic pages shown after going past the upgrade page. The progress bar on the hardware portion stage of setup now increases in size depending on how far the user actually gets with setup. The product key stage now lets the user choose to activate Windows when the user's online.
This build is the first post-reset build of Windows Vista which allows an upgrade from Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP. Although it requires build 5223 to upgrade from earlier Vista builds, this can be bypassed by setting the compatibility option for
sources\setup.exe to "Windows XP".
New features and changes[edit | edit source]
User Interface[edit | edit source]
- The tray icon for Network Connections has been updated since build 5215.
- A new volume control app that was first seen in build 5209. It allows the volume to be set independently.
- The link to the Avalon/Indigo HTML document on the desktop has been removed.
DWM[edit | edit source]
The Aero theme when DWM is initialized has received a few minor uplifts. The caption buttons on the top-right are slightly lighter when the cursor isn't hovering over them. A transitioning effect is also utilized if moving your cursor on top of the buttons, and the glowing effect now mostly resembles that of RTM. These changes were first seen in the vbl_wcp_avalon compile of build 5221.
Applications[edit | edit source]
Windows Media Player 11[edit | edit source]
Windows Digital Gallery[edit | edit source]
- The interface has been updated slightly, with the most notable change being the new WMP-like navigation bar at the bottom. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer has been updated to use the same navigation bar as well.
- Several leftovers from Microsoft Digital Image Library has been removed such as "Register Windows Photo Library" wizard and the MDIL about box.
Windows Calendar[edit | edit source]
- Toolbar has been updated to use a glossy style.
- Tasks Pane has been added.
- Preferences are added. There, settings such as first day of the week and default appointment length can be changed.
- The app also received a new icon which would later be changed.
Windows DVD Maker[edit | edit source]
Internet Explorer[edit | edit source]
- The favorites and history explorer bars received an overhaul.
- A new command bar interface has been added to the tab bar. It would replace the standard icons toolbar in a future build.
- As a result of this change, the tab bar is also slightly larger.
- A new loading site animation has been added to tabs. It uses a spinning green ring, which closely resembles that of that Aero waiting cursor.
- A new certificates page has been added, which can be seen when accessing pages with invalid certificates.
- The IPv6 stack has been added.
Windows Media Center[edit | edit source]
- "Movies and DVD" section has been added to the main menu.
- Extender settings have been added.
- Various user interface elements have been updated with their transparent counterparts.
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
- Windows Movie Maker has been updated to version 6.0.
- SSL Protection has been added to Remote Desktop Connection.
- Help and Support got an updated look and app icon.
- Fax Console has been renamed to Windows Fax and Scan.
- SafeDocs has been renamed to Windows Backup.
- Windows Mobility Center has been introduced.
Control Panel[edit | edit source]
- Ease of Access has been added, which replaces Accessibility Options.
- Network Center, Saved Networks, Network Connections, Offline Files and Windows Mobility Center were added.
- Power management options were added into Power Options and the applet design has been updated.
- "Audio Devices and Sound Themes" replaced "Sounds and Audio Devices".
- System applet now shows the system rating and activation status as well.
- Device Manager now uses an Aero Wizard for updating drivers.
- Internet Options and Security Center received minor updates.
- Windows Memory Diagnostics and Windows Disk Diagnostics were added.
- Reliability Monitor has been introduced.
File differences[edit | edit source]
The following files have been introduced or removed compared to build 5219:
|Unattend Action Queue Generator / Executor
|IE Broker Service
|IE 7.0 Unattended Install Utility
|Microsoft Multicast subagent
|MCIOLE16 - OLE Handler DLL for MCL Objects
|DirectShow Stream Buffer Filter
|Stream Buffer IO DLL
Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]
Installation[edit | edit source]
- On QEMU and VMware (with the hardware compatibility set to version 6.5 or higher), a
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) bugcheck caused by the
intelppm.sysdriver may occur during the boot screen. It can be bypassed by using either VirtualBox or setting the hardware compatibility to version 5.x or 6.0 in VMware. Another way to bypass this bug is remove the
System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\cpu.inf_13e28618\i386locations, although the system will fail to load the device driver for processors on startup.
Starting installation...text when launching setup on Windows appears to be condensed on higher resolutions such as 1920x1080.
Taskbar[edit | edit source]
- If DWM is enabled, the font on the Start button is bolder than usual.
- If the theme is set to Windows Classic and then reverted to Aero, parts of a taskbar reminiscent of the one seen in build 5048 may be seen.
Migration Wizard[edit | edit source]
The following bugs are internal known issues found in
MIGWIZREADME.TXT in the sources folder.
- Currently, only disconnected migration is supported.
- The Drive Exclusion page has no effect on the items to be migrated.
- To increase performance on machines with razzle environments, you can have the docs agent skip scanning all drives (which can take several minutes on some machines) by setting the environment variable
MIG_DOCS_MINSCAN=1before running the wizard.