Windows XP build 2442

Build of Windows XP
Compiled on2001-02-17
Expiration date
Timebomb2001-08-16 (+180 days)
Product key
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Windows XP build 2442 is a build of Windows XP that was shared in Simplified Chinese by the Chinese community BetaWorld on 15 August 2021.[1] Prior to its publication, the build was uploaded to Chinese website BetaWorld on 18 December 2014 and was mentioned in various posts on the Chinese Software Developer Network (CSDN), including a thread about installing drivers for a modem from May 2001[2] and two threads about timebomb removal from July 2001.[3][4]

On 20 October 2020, BetaWorld user MacAdmin uploaded a picture of a Chinese warez CD labeled "KEE-044" containing the build.[5] A higher-resolution picture of the same CD was then uploaded by BetaWorld user 随便问我 on 24 October 2020.[6] This is currently the earliest shared Chinese build of Windows XP.

Changes[edit | edit source]

  • The CD Player application was removed in this build and replaced with the CD playback functionalities of Windows Media Player.
  • The branding in the setup and out-of-box experience has been modified to use the then-new Windows flag first introduced in build 2428.
  • A flat blue color is used in place of the default Red moon desert wallpaper seen the in most Beta 2 builds; however, the wallpaper itself is still present. This change would later be reverted in the next build.
  • The system crash screen layout has been changed.
  • This is the earliest available build to include Windows XP branding, but only one reference in ssdpsrv.dll, reading \Windows XP UPnP/1.0 Control-Point/1.0.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

  • The system crash screen text is mostly garbled due to Chinese characters being displayed with the wrong codepage.
  • The username in the start menu overlaps with the user's avatar.

Installation[edit | edit source]

On some configurations, setup will freeze when performing a full format.

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