You are not required to download or install this build as a part of the Whistler beta test. Interim builds are provided on an as-is basis for hardware and software developers, and for those beta testers that are interested in interim build updates.
This is an interim build we are releasing for ongoing development efforts. Microsoft does not recommend that you install this build. This is an "external test release interim build" provided primarily for hardware and software developers to use in lab test environments to verify recent code fixes and application and device compatibility. If your connection to the Internet is such that you can download a build of this size, you are welcome to download, install and report any critical problems to us as soon as possible. However, this release is interim developmental code between standard release milestones. As such, much work is in-progress and many features may not be fully functional. In addition, this release has not been fully tested to the same level as a full external beta release.
Please report issues or send feedback on the file transfer system to our WindowsBeta administration alias: firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not currently plan on making this build of Whistler available for download via FTP. An on-line version of this document may be found at
Hi there! It's been a long time since you posted this. Windows beta versions are not supported on VMWare so you need to manually install the drivers. Not to worry because you can be able to manually install them by downloading the VMWare 7.0 driver package.
5. Startup the guest machine, then click Run, then type devmgmt.msc, Press Enter, then locate the drivers that you need to install and update all of the missing drivers. You will see a working saying that the drivers are not compatible with Whistler but ignore the message as nothing was ever compatible with Whistler and the drivers will be downloaded. Once after that, all the drivers will be installed so reboot the guest machine and Enjoy your precious Windows Whistler with all the drivers installed.
Hello. I saw your reply saying that Beta versions of Windows XP are not a supported Guest OS and you say that he is violating the EULA for the version of windows. While I agree with you saying that beta versions of windows xp are not a supported guest OS, the beta versions of Microsoft Windows are not copyrighted by Microsoft and that doesn't violate the End-User-Licensing-Agreement (EULA) which doesn't violate the VMWare Community Terms-of-Use.
The Start menu received its first major overhaul in XP, switching to a two-column layout with the ability to list, pin, and display frequently used applications, recently opened documents, and the traditional cascading "All Programs" menu. The taskbar can now group windows opened by a single application into one taskbar button, with a popup menu listing the individual windows. The notification area also hides "inactive" icons by default. A "common tasks" list was added, and Windows Explorer's sidebar was updated to use a new task-based design with lists of common actions; the tasks displayed are contextually relevant to the type of content in a folder (e.g. a folder with music displays offers to play all the files in the folder, or burn them to a CD).
Unofficial SP3 ZIP download packages were released on a now-defunct website called The Hotfix from 2005 to 2007. The owner of the website, Ethan C. Allen, was a former Microsoft employee in Software Quality Assurance and would comb through the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles daily and download new hotfixes Microsoft would put online within the articles. The articles would have a "kbwinxppresp3fix" and/or "kbwinxpsp3fix" tag, thus allowing Allen to easily find and determine which fixes were planned for the official SP3 release to come. Microsoft publicly stated at the time that the SP3 pack was unofficial and advised users to not install it. Allen also released a Vista SP1 package in 2007, for which Allen received a cease-and-desist email from Microsoft.
Variants of Windows XP for embedded systems have different support policies: Windows XP Embedded SP3 and Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 were supported until January and April 2016, respectively. Windows Embedded Standard 2009, which was succeeded by Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, which was succeeded by Windows Embedded POSReady 7, were supported until January and April 2019, respectively. These updates, while intended for the embedded editions, could also be downloaded on standard Windows XP with a registry hack, which enabled unofficial patches until April 2019. However, Microsoft advised Windows XP users against installing these fixes, citing incompatibility issues.
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Thanks for maintaining this discussion.Your tips about downloading the driver for the Intel Pro/1000 Adapter and downloading the installer for Firefox v 43 resolved the problem I was having.Now I can use my VirtualBox installation of WinXP to get software updates for my old Win XP software programs. (Running on my iMac OSX Yosemite). 2b1af7f3a8