Windows XP build 2526

Build of Windows XP
Release nameRelease Candidate 2
OS familyWindows NT
Version number5.1
Build number2526
Build revision0
Build labxpclient
Compiled on2001-07-24
Expiration date
Timebomb2002-01-21 (+181 days)
Home Edition
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Windows XP build 2526 is the official Release Candidate 2 build of Windows XP, which was released to the public on 27 July 2001.[1] It is only currently available in the English (United States) localization.

The Korean and German-localized versions of this build are also known to exist, but have yet to be found. A screenshot of this build's Polish counterpart can be additionally found in the RTM build's HTML tour files, as WINDOWS\Help\Tours\htmlTour\desktop_screen_shot.jpg. A Traditional Chinese version of the build was supposedly uploaded to the Chinese website BetaWorld on 17 April 2023,[2] but at the moment this cannot be confirmed or refuted as it is not publicly available.

Modified copies[edit | edit source]

The initial English copy included modifications from an unknown party (likely a warez group) such as an attempt to null out the timebomb included within SETUPREG.HIV and a modified readme document outlining the changes made against the original build's media, although a human error caused the timebomb in the existing copy to be shortened down to a mere two hours and five minutes after installation. The aforementioned copy is also incomplete as it includes a corrupted Korean language-specific hardware support library (\I386\LANG\HWXKOR.DL_).

The original English (United States) media with the proper timebomb values was later publicly uploaded via the BetaWorld blog on 19 November 2023 in the form of a Microsoft TechNet disc dump.[3]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

English (United States) version[edit | edit source]

Windows Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Control Panel[edit | edit source]
Windows Explorer[edit | edit source]
Themes[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Korean version (unavailable)[edit | edit source]

Traditional Chinese version (unavailable)[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

German version (unavailable)[edit | edit source]

Professional SKU[edit | edit source]

Windows Setup[edit | edit source]
Interface[edit | edit source]

Home Edition SKU[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Polish version (unavailable)[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Thurrott, Paul. Windows XP: The Road to Gold (Part Three), Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows (via Wayback Machine). 24 August 2001.
  3. Zheng, He. [资源发布] Windows XP Build 2526 未修改的原版, BetaWorld Blog. 19 November 2023.