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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:10

Is there a place where you can download all the old Windows betas and other builds like from XP, Vista, 7 even 98?




#2 shozilla

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:11

What for? you plan to install them?



#3 Lord Method Man

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:13

Not legitimately I don't think. Hell afaik not even Microsoft can legally distribute Windows 98 anymore.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:13

I was interested in trying some on a spare laptop that I have, especially the longhorn builds.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:19

I wouldn't waste your time. Many of them wouldn't even run anymore. 



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:24

I wouldn't waste your time. Many of them wouldn't even run anymore. 

 

My Windows for Workgroups 3.11 still runs fine.



#7 shozilla

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:28

My Windows for Workgroups 3.11 still runs fine.

 

That is right...   3.1 to Windows 98 can be run without calling home.

 

Vista and newer is calling home for activation.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:30

I know of a site that has an advanced members FTP with a lot of old betas on it but you need to be an active part of their community (30+ contributory posts before you can apply for AM status IIRC). I don't know what the rules are on linking to other forums on Neowin but I would be happy to PM you the information (I can't give you access to the FTP, sorry, the passwords and usernames are unique to each member)



#9 Ian William

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:09

I was interested in trying some on a spare laptop that I have, especially the longhorn builds.

Might I recommend build 4074? It's one of my favorite "Longhorn" builds.

 

I wouldn't waste your time. Many of them wouldn't even run anymore. 

Dot, when they do run, I find that they are a lot of fun to "play with", especially the "Longhorn" builds.
 

That is right...   3.1 to Windows 98 can be run without calling home.

 

Vista and newer is calling home for activation.

Don't you mean Windows XP and later?

 

I know of a site that has an advanced members FTP with a lot of old betas on it but you need to be an active part of their community (30+ contributory posts before you can apply for AM status IIRC). I don't know what the rules are on linking to other forums on Neowin but I would be happy to PM you the information (I can't give you access to the FTP, sorry, the passwords and usernames are unique to each member)

BetaArchive?



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:13

That is right...   3.1 to Windows 98 can be run without calling home.

 

Vista and newer is calling home for activation.

You mean XP and above need activation.
 



#11 shozilla

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:14

Don't you mean Windows XP and later?

 

Ah.. good catch... XP and newer.. I think..   but not really sure if XP is calling home for activation.. 

 

You can try and see.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:21

There are so many builds. Development ones, internal ones, leaked ones  :rofl:  Someone would make a website of all known available builds, even ones that only changed under-the-hood stuff.



#13 Ian William

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:22

Ah.. good catch... XP and newer.. I think..   but not really sure if XP is calling home for activation.. 

 

You can try and see.

I would, but I do not currently have Windows XP installed. It should be noted that Windows Product Activation was a source of criticism even before Windows XP was released.



#14 shozilla

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:26

I would, but I do not currently have Windows XP installed. It should be noted that Windows Product Activation was a source of criticism even before Windows XP was released.

 

You are probably right.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 13:28

Might I recommend build 4074? It's one of my favorite "Longhorn" builds.

 

Dot, when they do run, I find that they are a lot of fun to "play with", especially the "Longhorn" builds.
 

Don't you mean Windows XP and later?

 

BetaArchive?

Longhorn builds were awesome. I loved the earlier builds.