Tag Archive for 4001

Desktop Compositing

In this tutorial you will find everything you need to enable desktop compositing on the Longhorn builds that support it. I’d like to note that I am writing this tutorial with VMware workstation in mind. As such, all drivers provided on this page are meant for use with VMware. At the bottom of this page you’ll find a list of… Read more →

Out-of-box experience

With the new image-based installation introduced in Milestone 4 it was also time for a revamped out-of-box experience (OOBE) wizard. The first build to feature the image-based install and new OOBE wizard is build 4001. After a brief time loading at the ‘Please wait…’ page you will find yourself at the WelcomePage where you will be welcomed to the wizard. On the next… Read more →

My TV and Movies

The My TV and Movies library becomes visible when using the Media Center Edition (Freestyle) variant of some Longhorn builds. The My TV and Movies library is a media application for recording and watching TV. The application is an Avalon container and is opened in Internet Explorer by the Avalon Shell Handler. The container itself includes a couple of dll and BAML… Read more →

Avalon Display Panel

Only two builds, build 3683 and build 4093 have a working, accessible Display Properties control panel, out of the box. These two Avalon display panels are extremely different in construction, and it is entirely possible that the two are the result of two entirely different development efforts, baring no connection beyond their function and underlying technology. Later Milestone 3 builds can… Read more →

Startpage

The Longhorn Startpage is a feature present in Milestone 3 builds. The startpage appears to be an early attempt at replacing the OOBE (Out-Of-Box Experience) that these builds carry over from Windows XP. Already in build 3683 we can catch a glimpse of the startpage, be it in a very early stage. The code for the startpage can be found… Read more →