Here's a build that I forgot about because I'm lazy. This build actually isn't on BetaArchive, so I didn't have it before. The story behind this build is that it is incomplete, as the person who dumped it dumped it from an existing installation rather than from the installation floppies. As a result, a bunch of files were missing. Somebody made a re-constructed version using files from the RTM build and uploaded it to WinWorld. Some driver files are still missing, and the build in this form cannot be run in 386 Enhanced Mode.
It'll ask for Disk 3 twice. The second time, hit "cancel". As you'll see below, the reason you're seeing this is because the file "HIMEM.SYS" is missing. When it asks for it, press "ignore", as it is not needed.
This build is the first to pre-install SmartDrive, and unlike future builds, this one actually has a prompt asking you if you'd like to install it. Future builds will always install it automatically.
Here's an early version of the boot screen. The colors are a lot more saturated and vivid. A part of me actually likes it better this way.
Here's the real first appearance of the Program Manager. The icons are arranged differently.
As you can see, this build will only run in Real Mode as a result of the poor way it was dumped.
All of the Control Panel features are accounted for.
For some strange reason, this build doesn't let you use CHESS.BMP (one of my personal favorites) as the desktop background. All of the others work perfectly fine!
Some of the "About" dialog boxes have slightly different information.
You get two messages the first time you start Paintbrush. I believe this one pops up because we're running in Real Mode.
The other one warns us about a bug. At least they cared enough to actually warn you about bugs back then. I mean, who does that anymore?
2.2? Interesting...I love how inconsistent this is!
People like to use this as proof that a build 16 exists. As we'll see later on, this is flawed logic.
Something I forgot to show before is that the calculator now has a "Scientific" mode for more complex calculations.
Reversi says 1989 instead of 1990!
I forgot to show the Clipboard before.
I would show you the Print Manager, but because we're on PCem, we can't emulate a printer, and even if we were on real hardware, I don't have any printers that would work with this.