I'm thuun, and I'm another OS builder.
Last week I finalized a version of a longhorn based custom OS for older (or virtual) PCs. Registry settings and component removal are used to minimize the installation's resource demands.
To explain, I'll first show the readme I made for the release.
additional notes..Release Notes
for the Release of
Microsoft® Windows® "Longhorn" XP Fundamentals for Legacy PCs
Originally released: 19.11.02
This document provides general information and information on setting up Microsoft® Windows® Code Name "Longhorn." FLP. The following installation instructions are for a product that is still in development.
Information provided during the unattended setup:
· Administrative User: Admin
· Organization: Alpha Lab06_N
· Workgroup: WORKGROUP
· Product key: (see winnt.sif)
· Language: 0409
· TimeZone: 035 (EST)
Changes may be made by modifying the winnt.sif answer file.
Use CDIMAGE.EXE to rebuild the modified setup image.
This version of Windows Code Name “Longhorn” includes Windows Media Player 10.
Windows Media Player 10 Scripting Host features are disabled by default.
Longhorn XP FLP does not contain all standard Windows Longhorn XP features.
· Accessibility options
· Internet Connection Wizard
· Games and Internet Games
· MS Messanger
· MSN Explorer
· OOBE and Activation
· Outlook Express
· Movie Maker
· NT Backup
· System Restore
· Search Assistant
· Files and Settings Transfer Wizard
· Windows File Protection
· Windows Update
Themes support is disabled
To use themes, open the Services snapin in Computer Management and start the Themes service. Themes may then be applied.
Please note that additional components may have been updated or removed upon release.
The option to upgrade is not available in this version of "Longhorn."
You can use the clean installation option to install "Longhorn" on a new hard disk or computer. You can replace an existing Windows installation, removing all of its files and settings. You must reinstall your programs when Setup is done.
You can also use this option to install "Longhorn" on a different drive or partition if you want to have more than one operating system on the same computer. This is called a dual-boot or multi-boot configuration.
This document and reduced custom version of Windows “Longhorn” XP FLP, 2008 thuun.
All components have been removed 'by hand' (no nlite).
WMP 10 is slipstreamed, not installed post setup.
This release uses a txtsetup based install. Soon .wim format should be used to speed the installation.
The iso is 439 MB., which includes lang files and some extras.
here are screenshots of setup and the first boot desktop with the zune classic theme...
(removed per forum rule no. 10, no linked images ...
and I'm not using a browser supported by the forum image system right now.)
If anyone is interested in the project, Pls. feel free to post questions, thoughts, etc.