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 PostPost subject: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:32 pm 
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Does anyone know what the specifications were of the machines used in the Microsoft Labs during the development of the first half of Windows Vista, before the reboot (aka Windows Codename "Longhorn")?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:46 pm 
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Many Dell, look the room for compil and test the build:

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:16 am 
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Interesting. Looks like Dell Optiplexs. Anyone familiar with the line know what model that is?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:22 am 
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You'd think there'd be more than just one set of specs though, to see how the OS ran on different types of hardware.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:25 am 
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they look like they could be part of the OptiPlex 360 series.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:29 am 
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canouna wrote:
http://img17.imageshack.us/i/salledevellhvista2.png/


Interesting. Looks like Dell Optiplexs. Anyone familiar with the line know what model that is?


Those look to be GX620's judging by the tiny blue Intel sticker at the bottoms of each PC. The combination of that and the silver on the sticket above the Intel one is a dead "Designed for Windows XP" giveaway.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:24 am 
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Those look to be GX620's judging by the tiny blue Intel sticker at the bottoms of each PC. The combination of that and the silver on the sticket above the Intel one is a dead "Designed for Windows XP" giveaway.

I'd have to say they are either GX620s or GX520s. Optiplex 360s are too recent.
Unfortunately Dell enjoys making every model look exactly the same... and it doesn't help that's low resolution.
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/2148/s ... vista2.png

One interesting note is that those Intel stickers don't seem to have any orange in them, which makes me believe that the processor is not a P4 (although there are variations on the Intel P4 stickers).
http://www.pcrent.co.kr/shop/upload/goo ... -gx620.jpg

I wonder what chipset they had. I believe P4 was the most popular in mid 2004.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:01 am 
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Rhykin wrote:
4tified wrote:
Those look to be GX620's judging by the tiny blue Intel sticker at the bottoms of each PC. The combination of that and the silver on the sticket above the Intel one is a dead "Designed for Windows XP" giveaway.

I'd have to say they are either GX620s or GX520s. Optiplex 360s are too recent.
Unfortunately Dell enjoys making every model look exactly the same... and it doesn't help that's low resolution.
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/2148/s ... vista2.png

One interesting note is that those Intel stickers don't seem to have any orange in them, which makes me believe that the processor is not a P4 (although there are variations on the Intel P4 stickers).
http://www.pcrent.co.kr/shop/upload/goo ... -gx620.jpg

I wonder what chipset they had. I believe P4 was the most popular in mid 2004.


No orange in the sticker means that these were celeron systems. Probably the higher-end celeron 6xx series. I can think of only 1 good reason to use Celerons - very little cache.

As for the chipset, these machines were probably based around the intel 865 or 915, which were in use by Dell at that time.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Windows Codename Longhorn lab machine specifications?        Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:11 am 
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Sorry for the resolution, but i think your are on the good way, Dell Optilex right.


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I own that exact model in the picture, it wasn't used by microsoft or anything.

I can say for sure that it has:

2.00GHz Single Core Celeron
Intel 915
probably 512 or 768MB RAM


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If i remember right when i was digging around in the .ini files and .sifs it says what the machine it was compiled on was....
setup.sif or something
It was definitely a dell optiplex


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If i remember right when i was digging around in the .ini files and .sifs it says what the machine it was compiled on was....
setup.sif or something
It was definitely a dell optiplex

Are you referring to the txtsetup.sif file?
I couldn't find any information in the file about what model the build was compiled on. This file mostly contains device driver information.

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