Microsoft Longhorn

Installer & Setup

Disk partitioning

In many Longhorn builds, there are issues with partitioning and formatting disks within the installer. Microsoft DiskPart is a utility included within the Windows Pre-installation Environment that allows you to partition disks from a command line interface. Within the Windows Installer, press Shift + F10. This will bring up a command prompt window. In this window, type diskpart to open the tool and begin re-partioning and formatting. To partition a disk execute the following commands line by line.

Install any WIM-based Longhorn build from USB

One common problem faced by people installing Longhorn on modern hardware is the apparent inability to boot from USB drives. As optical media grows rarer, and more and more form factors ship without optical media drives, booting from a disc is not always an option. Fortunately, booting Longhorn through USB is a deceptively easy affair once you know what you’re doing. There are two different ways to install Longhorn from USB, depending on which build you are using.

Installing drivers

When using Longhorn, it’s a must to known how to manually install drivers in Windows. The process is basically the same in all versions of Windows, but I thought it couldn’t hurt if I would write up a short tutorial for those people new to installing drivers. We start off by opening Run by pressing WIN + R . In the dialog, type devmgmt.msc Click OK. The Device Manager will now open up.

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 page, aacnamepage, you can add as many users as you like.

Running in VMWare

Driver Packages These packages are some extracted drivers from the VMWare Guest Additions. The tools themselves are not compatible with Longhorn, although the drivers themselves maintained compatibility for much longer. VMware 6.5 driver package VMware 6.5.2 driver package VMware 7.0 driver package Internet Archive Backup VMWare Configuration Tweaks In addition to the drivers above, you may wish to add the following lines to your virtual machine configuration file (*.vmx) to disable time sync: