Windows Vista build 5342.2

Build of Windows Vista
OS family
Architecturex86, x64
Timebomb2007-03-07 (+351 days)
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Windows Vista build 5342.2 is the official February CTP Refresh build of Windows Vista, which was released to beta testers on 24 March 2006. It is the last build to include the wallpapers and user icons from Windows XP.

Setup[edit | edit source]

Setup is mostly similar to aforementioned builds of Vista, asides from the smaller watermark on the setup autorun and this build's watermark no longer displaying. The fonts used on the installation type page are also much richer. Upon booting into the second stage of setup, the AUTOCHK boot screen appears with the message that Windows is setting up your computer, which was found in the pre-reset builds (up to build 4074) of Windows Longhorn.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

Sidebar[edit | edit source]

  • The Windows Sidebar includes a few new gadgets such as Calculator, Minesweeper, number & picture puzzles, and a timer.
  • Add and Back/Next buttons are now positioned towards the top.

Games Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • The "Hardware" drop-down has been renamed to "Tools".
  • The game tile for Purble Place has been updated.

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

  • Control Panel layout has slightly changed with new text on the Category View and removed icons from the Classic View.
  • "Ease of Access" was renamed to "Ease of Access Center" and received an interface overhaul.
  • In the Programs category, the "Installed Updates" section now uses a unique Windows Update icon rather than the "Installed Programs" icon.
  • Color Management no longer has a "General" tab.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • The "How to Share Feedback" link has been renamed to "Feedback".
  • The "Shut Down Windows" dialog box no longer grayscales the background.
  • Help and Support Center has an updated homepage, which resembles that of the RTM.
  • Disk Cleanup received a new icon.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • Although this build can partition properly during setup, the partitioning page doesn't refresh properly, requiring you to reboot your system in order to see the new partition.
  • Installing the x86 architecture of this build on hypervisors can result in high instability, most likely due to the disk controller. Installing this build on VMware will lead to an "unexpected error" upon booting into setup, while on VirtualBox it will lead to high instability issues, however it is possible to install without any modifications. The out-of-box experience is also incredibly unstable and can crash quite easily.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Control Panel[edit | edit source]