Windows Vista build 5259

6.0.5259.winmain_idx02.051113-2100
Build of Windows Vista
6.0.5259.winmain_idx02.051113-2100
OS family
Architecturex86
Compiled2005-11-13
Timebomb2006-05-31 (+199 days)
Works in
About
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SKUs
Ultimate
Key
TGX39-HB48W-R29DH-6BVKB-3XFDW
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Windows Vista build 5259 is a pre-Beta 2 build of Windows Vista, which was shared online along with a recompile on or before 30 November 2005.[1][2]

Setup[edit | edit source]

The setup interface has been changed in this build, now using a window in the middle of the screen with a fake Aero border and Aero buttons, but the title bar is not transparent. A new aurora background for the Preinstallation Environment, first seen in build 5252, has been introduced in place of the older blue Windows logo graphic. An option to automatically activate Windows upon finishing setup has been added to the product key page. The disk partitioning section has also been slightly reorganized.

The second phase has been updated with the new wallpaper as well, however, it still retains the general look of the previous setup design iteration. The most notable change is that the progress bar in the bottom of the screen has been replaced with one similar to the first phase with numbers and labels marking each stage of the installation process.

This is also the first post-reset build with a WIM-based setup to feature an Out-of-box experience. Compared to the Windows XP version, the OOBE uses the Aero Wizard interface and includes pages for determining information that would have been determined during the second phase of Windows XP setup. The version included with this build is already very reminiscent of the version that shipped with RTM, although it uses the Tahoma font instead of Segoe UI and some graphical glitches are present.

The autorun program has also been updated with a new version of the Windows flag, however, it is vertically stretched in this build.

Despite of the introduction of the new logo, the icon shown on the title bars of autorun, setup and OOBE is still the older one from 2001 and horizontally stretched in autorun and setup.

This is the earliest available build to store the minimum build number required for upgrading in upgrade.ini.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

Boot[edit | edit source]

  • The Windows Boot Manager now stores data in BCD (Boot Configuration Data) instead of BOOT.INI.
  • Windows HotStart, a system that runs both a program and boots the OS at the same time by pushing a button, has been introduced.

User Interface[edit | edit source]

Start[edit | edit source]

  • This is the earliest available build to use the new orb Start button, which first appeared in the vbl_ux_dev_checkin compile of build 5212.
  • The Start menu has been completely redesigned.
    • Icons on the right pane have been removed.
    • The user name and icon have been moved to the right pane. Additionally, the user name can be clicked to open the User folder.
    • New power and lock buttons have been added.
    • Aero transparency has been added.
  • The classic Start menu banner now reads "Windows Vista™" instead of "Code Name "Longhorn"".

Taskbar[edit | edit source]

  • The taskbar has been updated with a darker look and redesigned buttons.
  • A shortcut to initiate Flip3D has been added to Quick Launch.
  • With DWM initialized, taskbar becomes opaque, if window is maximized.

Desktop[edit | edit source]

  • A glass selection box will appear when desktop items are hovered over.
  • The icon to report a bug on the desktop has been renamed to "Feedback".

Windows Basic and Aero[edit | edit source]

  • Buttons and drop-down menus have been updated to a less glossy style.
  • Aero caption buttons have been redesigned.
  • Custom colors can now be applied to the Aero theme.

User Account Control[edit | edit source]

Applications that require elevated permissions upon launch will now open up a User Account Control dialog once again, now looking more similar to that of the RTM.

Windows Explorer[edit | edit source]

ReadyBoost[edit | edit source]

Windows ReadyBoost has been introduced. It allows the user to use USB drives as virtual RAM drives.

Visual changes[edit | edit source]

  • The command bar color has been changed to a static blue-green gradient.
  • The navigation buttons have been updated for when the Windows Classic theme is enabled.

Additional changes[edit | edit source]

  • System folders are no longer hidden by default. With this, the functionality to hide/show system folders have been removed from Folder Properties as well.
  • A new help icon has been added to the command bar.
  • New search filters have been introduced.

Applications[edit | edit source]

Windows AntiSpyware[edit | edit source]

Windows Antispyware has been introduced, based on a similar product by a company Microsoft acquired in 2004 and which would later be renamed to Windows Defender.

Windows Mail[edit | edit source]

Outlook Express 6 has been replaced with Windows Mail. Windows Mail comes with new in-app icons, except the app icon still resembles Outlook Express 6.

Internet Explorer 7[edit | edit source]

  • The bluish-purple accent has been dropped in favor of a more gray look.
  • The tab loading animation has improved in quality.
  • Tabs now have their own close button.

Windows Media Player 11[edit | edit source]

  • WMP 11 received new icons and redesigned music controls.
  • Most references to WMP 10 have been removed.
  • The copyright date has been updated to 2005.

Windows included games[edit | edit source]

  • Shanghai Solitaire has received its final icon, but scaled down.
  • Chess now uses the "Chess Titans" branding in more places and the icon has been updated to have a black knight and a black pawn, next to the original icon.
  • Purble Place has received several changes.
    • An alarm sound has been added to Comfy Cakes' files, but is not used. It may be played with this tip: You may have to turn the cake before putting on a decoration in order to get it in the right spot. Use the turn arrows..
    • Comfy Cakes' cake and machine graphics were also updated to resemble the final's, and the ability to rotate cakes is removed. In addition, the TV now plays a sound after you complete an order.
    • 2 of the Purble Shop Red Nose sounds were swapped.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • Windows Calendar has a completely different user interface. As a result, the "Publish to RSS" feature was removed.
  • Windows Digital Gallery has been renamed to Windows Photo Gallery with minor updates to it. Also, several features left from Digital Image Library have been removed.
  • Migration Wizard now uses the fake Aero Glass window seen in the final setup interface. However, it throws out two assert errors upon launch.
  • Help and Support Center has been reorganized in a much more efficient manner.
  • Windows Media Center received minor updates.

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

  • The gradient on the left sidebar has been changed to dark green to light green with the addition of the Windows logo as well.
  • System Properties has been overhauled with a new design and now opens inside the Control Panel window.
  • Another new applet called "Personalization" has been added. Various functionalities of Display Properties applet has been moved into this new page. Additionally, the sub-applet for changing the desktop wallpaper now opens inside Control Panel as well.
  • Most of the color schemes for the Windows Classic theme have been removed, except for the High Contrast ones, Windows Standard and Windows Classic.
  • Ease of Access applet received an interface update with a new icon.
  • Windows Update has been completely redesigned as a Control Panel applet. Unlike previous versions of Windows, no dedicated HTML page exists for it.
  • A new applet called "Performance Center" as well, which would be known as "Performance Information and Tools" in the final version of Vista.
  • Auxiliary Displays has been renamed to Windows SideShow.
  • "AutoPlay" and "File and Printer Sharing" applets have been added.
  • User Accounts applet received major uplifts.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

Partitioning[edit | edit source]

On some devices and virtual machines, the setup cannot partition the hard drive, requiring the usage of DiskPart. After using Diskpart to partition the hard drive, you must then restart the machine.

Upgrade[edit | edit source]

Stability[edit | edit source]

This build tends to have stability issues, and can easily crash upon simple tasks, such as installing drivers and opening up applications.

Windows Explorer[edit | edit source]

Even if the machine does not have a floppy drive, a button for it may appear in Windows Explorer anyway.

Device Manager[edit | edit source]

Certain applications such as Device Manager are not accessible via the Run prompt. In this case, an alternative route is Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager.

System Restore[edit | edit source]

System Restore cannot be used in this build as it will fail to create and restore with error 0x80042318.

Windows AntiSpyware[edit | edit source]

Time displays the 24-hour format but within indicating AM/PM.

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

The CPU may not be shown correctly in system properties.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]