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Author:  SupernovaNick [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:52 am ]
Post subject:  Disabled Timebombs in Windows 2000 Pre-Release Builds

Sources like BetaWiki and BetaArchive Wiki say that certain Windows 2000 pre-release builds have timebombs. However, all of the Windows 2000 pre-release versions I have ever downloaded from the BetaArchive FTP, WinWorld, and the old-dos.ru FTP and installed in any emulator/hypervisor have no timebombs.

How come all of the timebombs are disabled beforehand when they still exist in all Windows 9x and Windows XP pre-release builds? Just wondering out of curiosity.

Author:  ATeamInc [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Disabled Timebombs in Windows 2000 Pre-Release Builds

AFAIK the timebomb in these builds depends on install date, for example if a build has a 180 day timebomb it will expire 180 days after installation date (say 180 days from now if you have time snyc enabled).

Author:  SupernovaNick [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Disabled Timebombs in Windows 2000 Pre-Release Builds

ATeamInc wrote:
AFAIK the timebomb in these builds depends on install date, for example if a build has a 180 day timebomb it will expire 180 days after installation date (say 180 days from now if you have time snyc enabled).


Yes, but the timebombs are actually disabled. The "About Windows" box makes no mention of a timebomb expiring a certain number of days after installing or a certain number of days after a specific date. As proof, I installed them using the dates they were compiled (i.e. build 1877 installed using the date 17 August, 1998) and then turning time sync back on to bring the system date and time to the present. The OS did not expire and neither before nor after turning time sync back on did the "About Windows" box mention a timebomb.

This is an image from BetaWiki of the "About Windows" box in a timebombed build 1877:
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This is my "About Windows" box in my machine running Windows NT Workstation 5.0 build 1877. This is also what it looked like before turning time sync back on:
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As a side note, the pre-release version of Internet Explorer in early Windows 2000 builds such as build 1585 expires just like in Windows 98 pre-release builds.

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