||Windows 2001, 2002
|Release to manufacturing
||August 24, 2001
|Official release date
||October 25, 2001
Whistler converges two other attempts to bring the Windows NT operating system to the home market. For better or worse, it expands upon the home-geared optimizations of Windows ME to better suit multi-user households by default. In any case, this would be the operating system to fully replace the Windows 9x product lineup.
- Earliest leaked build of Whistler, referred to as "Windows 2001"; hardly different from Windows 2000 RTM
- Shares a tad few things with the canned Neptune project
- Renames some things on the Start menu, slightly tweaked UI aethetics, new logon screen with a user list added
- Setup process looks like Windows ME, theme added with all new window decorations and a heavily revamped Start menu
- New Start menu is set by default, modern theme is given some refinement
- New boot splash, OOBE video, and broken utilities
- GUI Setup phase redesigned, Windows ME pictures added, Media Player 7 installed upfront
- OOBE from Windows ME fully implemented, although not functionally different from such
- Official Beta 1 build released for testing, provides context menu functions for pinning items to the Start menu
- Earliest leaked pre-Beta 2 build, opts to move the Recycle Bin to the bottom right corner of the screen, disallows setting 640x480 on a normal boot. Also introduces a Microsoft BOB character to the third dimension, and... it foreshadows product activation.
- OOBE is revamped, Outlook Express identifies as version 6
- Last build to use the Watercolor theme, includes a prototype tour
- First leaked build of Whistler to introduce the Luna theme, as well as to have a fully operational activation dialog... great.
- Merlin is missing.
- The taskbar is locked.
- CD player is gone.
- 2454, 2457, 2458
- Three builds.
- 2462, 2463
- Last two "Whistler" builds.
- Now called Windows XP.
- More brand revamping.
- 2474, 2475
- 2474 - you have to click on the Start button, type "tour" in Help to get the tour. 2475 - logon screen receives a major functional improvement where the Windows logo is now animated.
- New sounds.
- 2485, 2486, 2494, 2495, 2498, 2499
- Other default screensaver.
- 2502, 2504, 2505, 2509, 2517, 2520, 2525, 2526, 2531, 2532
- 2535, 2542
- Default icon is not Chess
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