User:Oldman/A layman's guide/Getting an ISO to test

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This should not be needed, but this is a layman's guide, so I will describe where to get your ReactOS iso from.


The release build ISOs have lots of bugs squashed (fixed) and are the most stable at the point of release. They come out about every 3 months, but soon become outdated for testing purposes. If all you want to do, is to see how ReactOS looks and performs, then go for one of these.

The trunk build ISOs are the very latest versions and are created every time code is committed to the source tree. These are the ones to go for, if you want to test ReactOS and give feedback for the developers to be able to fix bugs.

Release ISO

On the front page at https://www.reactos.org/ on the right hand side of the navigation bar, you will find two download buttons [No1], click on either button and it will take you to the Download page for the release ISOs, where you have a choice of down loading a bootcd or a livecd, but there is also a link to the daily build ISOs page, further down this page [No2].

Note: If the latest release ISOs, are more then a week old, it is better not use them for testing, because they very quickly become out of date, due to the continual development of ReactOS.

Latest build ISO

On the front page, if you scroll down a little, you will see over on the right side of the page, underneath  and more..., the box shown in image No3a.

If you click on the Daily builds button, it will close the Gallery section and open the Daily builds section [No3b], to reveal the Download here! button. If you then click on the Download here! button, it will take you to the Trunk Builds page [No4].


Trunk Builds page explained [No4]:

Revision - The input box shows the number of the last created ISO. The left and right arrows decrease or increase the number. You can also type a number into the box and press Enter on your keyboard or press the Search button. This is useful when you want to find a ISO from the past. Browse all created Builds button with take you away from this page to https://iso.reactos.org/, where there are folders for bootcd and livecd ISOs. Bootcd ISOs go back to Mid Jan 2008, newest at the bottom and the oldest at the top. Livecd ISOs currently only go back to April 2017 (this may alter each year).

Image Types - The check boxes here are only useful when you are searching for a particular build from the past. You can uncheck the types you do not want. The Search button updates the list of files.

Debug Boot CDs

  • reactos-bootcd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-gcc-lin-dbg.7z
  • reactos-bootcd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-msvc-win-dbg.7z

Debug Live CDs

  • reactos-livecd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-gcc-lin-dbg.7z
  • reactos-livecd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-msvc-win-dbg.7z

Release Boot CDs

  • reactos-bootcd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-gcc-lin-rel.7z

Release Live CDs

  • reactos-livecd-0.4.7-dev-575-g48b2714-x86-gcc-lin-rel.7z

Size and Last changed, are self explanatory.


Note: On the website there are several possibly confusing words, such as Trunk Builds, Daily Builds, Nightly Builds, CDs and on a link button Latest Build!, these all refer to the 7zipped ISO files that can be down-loaded at the page shown in image No4.


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