Windows Vista build 5308.6

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6.0.5308.6.winmain_idx01.060202-1920
Build of Windows Vista
6.0.5308.6.winmain_idx01.060202-1920
OS family
Architecturex86, x64
Compiled2006-02-02
Timebomb2007-03-07 (+398 days)
Works in
About
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SKUs
Starter
Home Basic
Home Basic N
Home Premium
Business
Business N
Ultimate
Enterprise
Key
Ultimate: WGDJW-B8DYC-WVKX4-6MKF4-B8PK8
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Windows Vista build 5308.6 is a Beta 2 build of Windows Vista. This build is an earlier compile of build 5308.17.

Setup[edit | edit source]

Once again, the setup interface has received major uplifts. The setup autorun now finally has a different background, which is essentially the same as the aurora background. The logo is also no longer stretched, and the button choices have been updated. Although the install now button remains to be large and eye-catching, the system recovery and release note options are now just selectable text. However, the general design is still slightly odd, since the text isn't yet perfect, and the logo on the titlebar isn't cropped properly.

Upon starting installation, the font for the starting installation text has been changed. Once reaching the first page of setup, you will be granted by a heavily revamped UI, which is now looking a lot more realistic compared to the actual Aero theme. The text color and font has been improved, and the Windows flag on the title bar is now the Windows Vista flag, and is also no longer stretched. When starting installation, you will no longer be greeted by an introduction page, and will head to the product key stage instantly. If clicking on the help buttons for each page, the dialogues now open up with a more metallic-like Aero dialogue, with the actual close button being featured. The EULA has also been updated once again. The upgrade page now drops the (recommend) for upgrade and introduces (advanced) for a clean installation, and the text is more organized. The layout for the disk partitioning page now resembles that of RTM, asides from text color/font. The computer name has also been dropped entirely and is now only included during the Out-of-Box-Experience, which means that after passing through the disk partitioning page, you will head straight to copying files.

Once restarting, you will be greeted by the hardware portion of setup. However, this is still very similar as aforementioned builds of Vista, just with different fonts once again - including the progress bar text fonts. However, the bar tends to disappear after some time for an odd reason.

After another restart, you should finally reach the OOBE. For some odd reason, the resolution gets dropped from 800x600 to 640x480, which leaves the OOBE in a tight space. The first page contains a new keyboard layout option. The timezone page also now contains a calendar and both an analog and digital clock.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • The boot screen no longer displays both the Longhorn text and the white Windows flag, and the copyright text now says "Windows © 2006 Microsoft Corporation".
  • A new start orb is shown upon booting into Windows. The startup sound doesn't play when the start orb shows, however. Instead, it plays when logging in after booting up your computer.
  • Certain apps have been renamed, such as Windows Transfer (which is now known as Windows Easy Transfer).
  • Relating to Windows Transfer, it now opens up in fullscreen, with the aurora background being used yet again, and it now uses the same layout that setup introduced in this build.
  • Yet more icons have been introduced. The sound tray icon will now show a red X if either sound is muted or there are no drivers working/installed. Certain icons in Internet Explorer have also been replaced.
  • In the right click context menu, desktop background and themes settings have been merged into one button called "Personalize".
  • Relating to the personalize tab, the personalize section in the Control Panel now has a few new features, such as display settings.
  • The Windows Sidebar process now works once again.

Start menu[edit | edit source]

The start menu has received another update. The hibernation button is now placed on the left instead of the right, and is now merged with the other options button. It also has a different shade. The stat menu itself is also slightly wider.

Login screen[edit | edit source]

Upon booting up, you will be greeted by an entirely new login screen. While maintaining the same old aurora wallpaper, it now directly shows the page of the main account if there is only one account available excluding the administrator account. On the selected account page, the account profile picture, password and login button will make up the middle of the screen, while there are also extra options on the bottom-right corner. The "switch user" button simply goes to a user selection dialogue, which will also show if there are more than one user account. A new Ease of Access button has been added, which has multiple options, including launching up multiple programs or enabling the high contrast theme. A revamped power off button has also been added, with an arrow on the right section that gives you other options.

Welcome Center[edit | edit source]

This build introduces a new application, which is dubbed as "Welcome Center". It appears on the first boot and can be configured to show upon each login. It contains certain details about the computer, such as the SKU and system specs, and it also has a few applications down below that you can open.

UAC[edit | edit source]

The User Account Control dialogue has been updated once again, now using a blue ribbon. The Access and Deny buttons have been renamed to Allow and Cancel, and there is a new details button, which simply shows the location of the program you're about to open.

New Virtual Folders[edit | edit source]

New virtual folders have been introduced. This includes the following:

  • Attachments
  • Favorite Music
  • Fresh Tracks
  • Important E-mail
  • Last 7 Days E-mail
  • Last 30 Days Documents
  • Last 30 Days Pictures and Videos
  • Recently Changed
  • Shared By Me
  • Unread E-mail
  • User's Files

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • The OOBE in this build is very slow and can crash quite easily.
  • Upon shutting down, the shutdown sound gets cut off after half a second of playing.

Gallery[edit | edit source]