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Hacking Avalon – 2: Port it

Always wanted to experiment with Avalon on Windows XP? In this second part of the ‘Hacking Avalon’ series we’re going to install not only Avalon but also some other Longhorn component. In this post I will take Windows XP as example, but the installer is also compatible with Server 2003.  Below is a description of the included components and their… Read more →

Hacking Avalon – 1: Disable it

This is the first post in a series that I’ll be doing. Hacking Avalon will be all about interesting stuff in Avalon. Furthermore, I hope to provide some background on how early variants of Avalon work together with the shell in Longhorn. Keep in mind, this series will mainly discuss the earliest revisions of Avalon found in the 3xxx range of… Read more →

Exposing a spy

Most of you will probably be aware of some of the hidden view options available throughout the Longhorn builds. These views are commonly known as ‘Carousel’ and ‘Panorama’. The latter is often also called ‘Phodeo’. Enabling the 3D view-mode as well as one of these hidden views causes a DirectX rendered view to appear instead of the familiar plain 2D view. The… Read more →

Timeline

The brand new timeline page has been published! The timeline is the place where all important Longhorn events will be bookmarked. Though the timeline remains unfinished, additional events will be added over time. If you have something to add be sure to contact us. Have a look and let us now what you think about this new format in the comments. Read more →

Self-hosting

At Microsoft it’s common practice to use products still under development to continue development of that very product. Once a stable version of a product is available, developers are encouraged to install it on their workstations and use it for every day use. Developers using the product can directly provide feedback and report bugs to teams working on certain features.  This process is… Read more →

4039 Tips & tricks

This is the very first page in its kind; a tips ‘n tricks page. More of these pages will follow for other interesting builds, showing you the ins and outs and providing easy tutorials to activate hidden features. Pages like this will be updated every so often to include the latest finds. But for now, 4039.   Enable Aero glass… Read more →

Note

Longhorn.ms is getting a new look! We are working on a more organised style for the future. While the site under construction it is possible that some pages cannot be reached.

Hexadecimal notation

This quick introduction to hex was originally to be part of another article, but became quite long and therefore I decided to separate it. Even though it doesn’t have anything to do with Longhorn in particular I believe it will be worth the read.    A bit of binary to begin with At its core, a computer can only distinguish… Read more →

Virtual development

Ever looked at a Windows build list and wondered what all those different tags mean? Or did you ever wonder about the production process of Windows? If yes, you’ve just clicked the correct article. This article will elaborate on the Windows build process as used during the pre-reset Longhorn development. Please note that even though I’ve conducted rigorous research, not all… Read more →