Project: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware

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Project: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware

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I've done it with Longhorn, I've done it with Vista, and now I'm doing it with Windows XP. In my ongoing quest to install as many Windows beta builds as I can, I will be installing every beta build of Windows XP in VMware Workstation Pro 16. After doing Longhorn and Vista, the logical next step would be Windows 7, but I currently don't have the disk space to dedicate another 300GB+ to Windows builds. Maybe when I have a bigger hard drive. For now, I'm interested in the evolution of XP builds, so here we go...

LEGEND:
Green: Build is installed.
Orange: Build is not yet installed.
Red: I tried to install the build, but it didn't work.

Information about build interest ratings:
The more interesting a build is, the higher value /10 it gets. The longer it has been since a new interesting feature in a build, the lower score it gets. For me, visual changes make a build more interesting so that is the most important metric in determining this value.

Let the project begin!

Beta 1 - The beginnings of XP.


2202.1.ntvbl06.000202-1835
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: The build CD isn't bootable so I will need to run setup from a boot disk, and partition the drive before installing.
Installation Difficulty: 7/10
Installation Notes: Copying the CDROM.SY_ file from the Windows 2000 RTM ISO makes the build bootable. Thanks to @lubuntut for this info!
How interesting is it? (IMO): 4/10
Build Notes: Pretty much Windows 2000 with a build number.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2211.1.main.000309-1512
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes: Installed fine.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 6/10
Build Notes: Neptune login screen is present, although I found the VMware 7.0 drivers installed, but they cause a BSoD on startup so I have to remove them. Update: For some reason it auto installed the WDDM Driver instead of the normal one! Now it works fine.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2223.1.main.000411-2307
Installed: No
Installation Problems: The build may crash while installing drivers. Hopefully I can get past that!
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes: Could not install. GUI Setup restarts when copying files.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 7/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used: 5x

2250.1.main.000628-2110
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: NA/10 (Already installed prior to beginning)
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 9/10
Build Notes: The first build to have a complete working watercolor theme, among other things.
Hardware Compatibility used: 15x

2257.1.idx01.000810-2103
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 3/10
Installation Notes: it froze on hardware setup on the first try.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 8/10
Build Notes: The watercolor theme got redesigned.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2267.1.idx01.000909-1503
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 4/10
Installation Notes: Stuck on "Setup is starting Windows Whistler" Update: I managed to get it installed by disabling ACPI, but after installing the VMware SVGA driver it TOTALLY broke the VM. Even safe mode couldn't save it... This is why I avoid chk/debug builds whenever I can. It's currently reinstalling. Update: Installed.
How interesting is it? (IMO): idk/10 (the betawiki page has no info on the build's changes)
Build Notes: This build originally scene leaked in 2000, but was lost until very recently!
Hardware Compatibility used: 5x

2267.1.idx01.000910-1316
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 1/10
Installation Notes: It worked.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 8/10 (Many new features, but I'm sure they existed in the prior compile, so you could say that that build is more deserving of the 8/10 here.)
Build Notes: nice loading screen.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2276.1.Lab02_N.000928-2023
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: Largely the same issues as the ones in build 2201.
Installation Difficulty: 7/10
Installation Notes: I tried an NT boot disk, DOS boot disk with winnt.exe, and even installing dos. I get stuck on "Setup is starting Windows Whistler" Update: Fixed by disabling ACPI.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 7/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2287.1.beta1.001012-1643
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: The same issue as the last build.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes: Set BIOS Date, Installed DOS, disabled ACPI, ran winnt.exe, partitioned the remaining 6GB of my 8GB drive, installed build.
How interesting is it? (IMO): idk/10 (The BetaWiki page has no info on new features.)
Build Notes: Nothing interesting really.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2296.1.beta1.001024-1157
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 4/10
Installation Notes: Stuck on "Setup is starting Windows Whistler", disabling ACPI fixed this.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 3/10 (The BetaWiki thread does not list many changes, which makes sense I guess.)
Build Notes: The official Beta 1 build released to testers.
Hardware Compatibility used: 5x

Beta 2 Builds - Watercolor was still being used at the beginning, but by the end XP had mostly taken form.


2410.main.001208-1937
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 4/10
Installation Notes: I needed to disable ACPI or it would freeze up at "Setup is starting Windows Whistler"
How interesting is it? (IMO): 6/10
Build Notes: It finally has a proper generic video driver for 32-bit color and higher resolutions.
Hardware Compatibility used: 5x

2416.idx01.010104-1958
Installed: No
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes: I get a disk configuration error after the first reboot to gui setup. I've tried just about every different configuration possible and it just doesn't work.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 5/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used: 5x and 6.5-7x.

2419.idx02.010113-1154
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: NA/10 (Already installed before starting)
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 8/10
Build Notes: One of the final builds to include Watercolor.
Hardware Compatibility used: 15x (Shows how old this VM is!)

2419.idx02.010115-1412
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 3/10
Installation Notes: I had to convert the MDF file to ISO in UltraISO. Usually VMware handles MDFs fine but this one didn't work for some reason.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 5/10
Build Notes: Final build to include the watercolor and sample visual styles.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2428.idx01.010129-1827
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: NA/10 (Already installed before starting)
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 10/10
Build Notes: The first build to include Luna.
Hardware Compatibility used: 15x

2430.main.010130-1821
Installed: Yes
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: 1/10
Installation Notes: I no longer have to disable ACPI to get into the installer.
How interesting is it? (IMO): 4/10
Build Notes: It added a drop shadow that was unique to this build only on title bar text. I guess that's neat.
Hardware Compatibility used: 6.5-7x

2433.main.010206-1822
Installed: No
Installation Problems: This build is known to be particularly unstable, it might take some trial and error to get it up and running.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 4/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2446.main.010224-2228
Installed: No
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 3/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2454.main.010306-1653
Installed: No
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): ?/10 (No info on BetaWiki about new features.)
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2457.main.010309-1904
Installed: No
Installation Problems: This build will hang on certain systems at the end of GUI setup, resetting fixes this issue.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 3/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2458.main.010310-1552
Installed: No
Installation Problems: The build will crash during boot on some copies of the build due to a rogue driver. I will need to replace it if the BA copy is affected by this.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): 2/10
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2459.main.010312-1811
Installed: No
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): ?/10 (No info about changed on BetaWiki.)
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

2462.main.010315-1739
Installed: No
Installation Problems: None noted.
Installation Difficulty: /10
Installation Notes:
How interesting is it? (IMO): ?/10 (No info again on BetaWiki.)
Build Notes:
Hardware Compatibility used:

And that's it! As I did with my Vista project, I will not be including any RC builds due to how similar they are to the final OS. I will include dated updates below as I begin installing builds.

7/15/21 - Project thread created.
7/16/21 - Installed build 2211.
7/17/21 - Tried and failed to install build 2223, installed build 2257.
7/18/21 - Installed the 2nd of the 2 build 2267s and Build 2202.
7/20/21 - Installed Builds 2296 and 2410.
7/21/21 - Installed the checked/debug compile of build 2267 and build 2276.
7/22/21 - Installed Build 2287. Done with beta 1 unless I can get Build 2223 working!
7/25/21 - Installed builds 2419 chk/debug and 2430.
Last edited by anonymous74 on Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:40 am, edited 16 times in total.
My chosen virtual machine programs:
Windows 9x+, Intel macOS: VMware Workstation Pro 16
Older than 9x: PCEm
PPC Mac OS: QEMU

Current Projects: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware (viewtopic.php?t=42831)
Past Projects: Installing every build of Windows Longhorn & Vista in VMware (viewtopic.php?f=62&t=42270) (viewtopic.php?t=42342)

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Re: Project: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware

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Here you can see screenshots that I took of my builds after I installed them. All builds are in 1152x864 resolution. Screenshots may not be cropped *perfectly* as I'm just using snipping tool.

Build 2202
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Build 2211
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Build 2257
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Build 2267.1.idx01.000910-1316
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Build 2410.main.001208-1937
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Build 2419.idx02.010115-1412
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Build 2428.idx01.010129-1827
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Build 2430.main.010130-1821
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Last edited by anonymous74 on Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:27 am, edited 4 times in total.
My chosen virtual machine programs:
Windows 9x+, Intel macOS: VMware Workstation Pro 16
Older than 9x: PCEm
PPC Mac OS: QEMU

Current Projects: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware (viewtopic.php?t=42831)
Past Projects: Installing every build of Windows Longhorn & Vista in VMware (viewtopic.php?f=62&t=42270) (viewtopic.php?t=42342)

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Re: Project: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware

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If you copy cdrom.sy_ from Windows 2000, you can boot 2202 without any boot disk.

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Re: Project: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware

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I'm about to try that out, I'll update with results.
Update: It works! Thank you.
My chosen virtual machine programs:
Windows 9x+, Intel macOS: VMware Workstation Pro 16
Older than 9x: PCEm
PPC Mac OS: QEMU

Current Projects: Installing every build of Windows XP in VMware (viewtopic.php?t=42831)
Past Projects: Installing every build of Windows Longhorn & Vista in VMware (viewtopic.php?f=62&t=42270) (viewtopic.php?t=42342)

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