This document was last updated: 4/27/2003 3:56 PM


Well here we are.  A new build has been leaked which means it is time to write up a new guide!  There are some changes in this build which will be outlined as well as new tweaks.  So let’s get to it!


Longhorn System Requirements

·        600 MHz Processor or higher recommended

·        256 MB RAM or higher

·        At least 3 GB free hard disk space


Changes over Build 4008

·        New welcome screen design

·        Boot screen now says Longhorn

·        Setup has been somewhat improved

·        Better Domain login handling with the welcome screen

·        Explorer revised (Now requires new taskbar when using the sidebar)

·        New sidebar tiles included (WMP Tile still not working)


Setup Questions


Q: Why won’t my CD boot to perform a clean install?

A: The original ISO released had truncated files that prevented the CD from booting.  WiNBETA have released a patch for this.  You can grab it here.


Q: Why does setup ask very few questions?

A: Microsoft has just recently (in build 4008) implemented the Win PE install routine.  As they improve this system, the traditional setup questions will return.


The Explorer Bug

There is a bug with explorer where it will sometimes leak and eat up close to 100 MB of ram.  Sometimes it fixes itself but in the event it doesn’t here’s how to fix it:

·        Download THIS.  It is a utility which will restart explorer with the click of a shortcut.  Follow the directions in the readme.  Thanks to Nighthawk for this!



Here’s where the fun begins.  4015 also brings a lot of new things to be tweaked so here we go!


Uninstalling un-needed components:

·        First open C:\Windows\Inf\Sysoc.inf

·        Then delete all instances of the word HIDE and save.


Now navigate to Add/Remove Programs in the control panel

Go to Add/Remove Windows Components (Figure)


Uninstall the following:

·        Help And Support Center

·        MSN Explorer

·        My Games

·        Tablet PC Runtime

·        Automatic Updates

·        Windows Future Storage Services

·        Windows Storage Full-text Index

·        Windows Media Sidebar (It does not work so no point in keeping it)


Disabling Unnecessary Services:

Go to Start à Run and type services.msc (Figure)

Now set the following services to DISABLED


·        Automatic updates

·        Castle Service

·        Error Reporting Service

·        Fast User Switching Compatibility

·        Font Cache Service

·        Fusion Isolation Service

·        Help And Support (optional)

·        IPSEC Services

·        Logon Hours (kills Parental Controls)

·        NS$Shellsubscriptions

·        Protected Storage

·        Remote Registry

·        Secondary Logon

·        Security Accounts Manager

·        SSDP Discovery Service

·        System Restore Service

·        Terminal Services

·        Universal Plug And Play Device Host

·        WinFSSync


Performance Options:

Now go to My Computer properties à Advanced Tab à under performance options hit settings.  (Figure)


Uncheck the following:

·        Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing

·        Fade or slide menus into view

·        Fade or slide tool tips into view

·        Fade out menu items after clicking

·        Show shadows under menus

·        Show translucent selection rectangle

·        Show window contents while dragging

·        Slide open combo boxes

·        Slide taskbar buttons

·        Smooth edges of screen fonts

·        Smooth-scroll list boxes

·        Use a background image for each folder type

·        Use common tasks in folders



Now open My Computer and go to Tools à Folder Options and click View Tab (Figure)


·        Automatically search for network folders and printers – UNCHECK

·        Choose smart icon size when opening new windows – UNCHECK

·        Display file size information in folder tips – UNCHECK

·        Display simple folder view in explorer’s folder list – UNCHECK

Hidden Files and Folders:

·        Show Hidden Files and Folders – CHECK

·        Hide extensions for known file types – UNCHECK

·        Launch folder windows in a separate process – CHECK (slow down explorer memory leak)

·        Use Domain folder sharing wizard – UNCHECK

·        Use simple File sharing – UNCHECK



So you guys wanted the screenshots and I did promise them so here they are!  J  These screenshots are of an already tweaked longhorn (so you know what it will look like after you complete the guide)

·        My Computer

·        Winver And System Properties Screen

·        Control Panel

·        My Contacts

·        Taskbar Properties

·        IE Version

·        New Welcome Screen


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