In this video I demonstrate the setup and UI of Windows Whistler build 2410 – the first post-Beta 1 build of Whistler – which would eventually evolve into Windows XP. This build was first released to testers on 4th January 2001 and was one of four post-Beta 1, pre-Beta 2 builds.
UPDATE: The information above is correct and supersedes that given in the video (I didn’t get much sleep last night…). Also, in hindsight, I believe the “smart menus” refer to the recently-used applications list that first appeared in XP’s start menu.
Virtual machine hardware specifications:
-Intel Core 2 Quad processor @ 2.40GHz
-Virtualisation by VirtualBox 4.1.12
More details on the development of Windows XP:
Windows Whistler Build 2410 is fully © Microsoft Corporation. This video – and the OS installation – is for illustration purposes only and the installation was removed after filming.
Introduction music, “Windows Welcome Music”, is fully © Microsoft Corporation 2001 and is distributed in its original (extended) form as part of all Windows XP installs. Audio remastering with thanks to YouTube user “Romanustube”.