Confused with RTM versions? Read this
Posted 25 August 2001 - 07:50 AM
Windows XP is final, and has been released to manufacturers (RTM), It is build 2600 (not 2600.1 or 2600.3 or anything 2600.x its just build 2600)
The manufacturers have the OEM version, it has no 120/180 day evaluation timebomb included. It only has the 30 day activation. After 30 days you will be locked out. (This is called RTM OEM)
The RTM Build 2600 that appeared on WindowsBeta.mirosoft.com last night for beta testers is the final RTM build WITH the timebomb. So Beta Testers have the final copy, but they can't use it for very long. (This is called RTM Evaluation)
Neither versions (OEM and EVAL) have debug code.
The one we want leaked is the RTM OEM.
*** If you are having trouble understanding this, please reply with the parts you don't understand and I will try and make it more clearer as possible.
Posted 25 August 2001 - 08:07 AM
Posted 25 August 2001 - 08:34 AM
Above, is WindowsBeta, which beta testers can access. As you can see, the RTM OEM is not available on there.
The second file "usa_2600_x86eval.pro_whistler.iso" is the final build, WITH the 120/180 day evaluation Timebomb.
Posted 25 August 2001 - 12:07 PM
it says: "A VLK must be used with Select CD or Worldwide Fulfillment (WWF) CD media (aka volume licensing CD media). VLKs cannot be used with retail full packaged product or OEM CD media."
Volume Licence Keys are like corporate keys, that bypass activation completely. Unfortunately, it cannot be used on an OEM or Retail copy. So, to use a VLK, you will need a corporate version of RTM for the key to work. Its unknown when we will see a VLK leak....
Posted 25 August 2001 - 01:40 PM
Posted 26 August 2001 - 09:14 AM
There seems to be a lot of confusion about build numbering in here, so I thought I would try and set the record straight about build number "2600".
As some others have tried to pointed out, there are actually two "2600" builds in circulation:
Only the second one (the 120-day Evaluation build) truly qualifies as RTM. The other "2600" was created several days prior to RTM and MS openly admitted that a few bugs were fixed right up until the night before Aug 24. So even though they share the same build number, they aren't identical and should properly have different numbers. The "2600" released about a week ago is not RTM.
Posted 26 August 2001 - 09:37 PM
Posted 07 September 2001 - 11:06 PM