The source code of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that leaked to the Internet last week via 4chan is authentic after a YouTube user converted the code into 2 operating systems that appear to be working.
Shortly after her appearance leak last week, there were many (and I was one of them) who did not believe in the validity of the leak.
NTDEV, a computer technician from the US, was one of millions of users who downloaded the code last week.
But instead of waiting for an official statement from Microsoft that will most likely never come, NTDEV decided to write the code and find out for itself whether it is authentic or not.
According to videos posted on the internet, the technician managed to compile the code for Windows XP over the weekend and Windows Server 2003 yesterday.
"It simply came to our notice then. Some elements seem to be missing, such as winlogon.exe and many drivers, "NTDEV told ZDNet.
The NTDEV states that these missing elements mean that the leaked XP code cannot be fully used to "completely replace the operating system", but that the code is authentic.
"Some files, such as Kernel and Explorer, can be easily compiled. "I have tried some programs from the XP compiled source and they seem to be identical to the commercial versions of Windows," says NTDEV.
In addition to the missing data, NTDEV believes that "the resource can be used to build all SKUs, as well as free (optimized) retail builds."
As for Windows Server 2003, the second major version of Windows operating system in last week's leak, NTDEV said the code was also authentic.
"The leaked Server 2003 source code is actually more complete than the XP source code, but it does not have the Winlogon source code."
"I guess this is due to the fact that it may contain the code of the activation process (just a case).
"However, unlike XP, I was able to create a workable installation of [Server] 2003, but I had to replace some files (Winlogon is the most important, the rest are help files and drivers, mainly)," NTDEV said. .