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Windows Vista Easter Egg Discovered

by Paul Strauss

[NOTE : This post originally appeared on April 1, 2007, and was an April Fools Day joke. Vista does not include a copy of BOB, but if you scroll down to the comments, one of my readers has posted a link to a download of the original BOB installer if you really want to run it.]

It turns out that the folks over in Redmond might have a sense of humor after all. I was working on getting my new install of Vista Ultimate up and running on my machine this weekend, and stumbled across this awesome easter egg.

It turns out that there’s an entire functional copy of the 1995 Microsoft BOB operating system hidden inside of Windows Vista. BOB was supposed to be an easy-to-use interface for Windows 3.2, complete with fuzzy animated characters (who eventually led to “Clippy” the paper clip in Microsoft Office.)

Vista Bob Easter Eggzoom in

Here’s how I managed to activate it:

First, you need to make sure you have full administrative permissions on your machine. Then, go to the Start menu and enter “W.0.w.B.0.b.” (note that those are Zeros not Os) while holding down the Alt key. Then, set your system time zone to “Cairo”. The next time you reboot, type in the same phrase backwards and you’ll be in the Windows Bob environment, complete with all of the original features. Once BOB is activated you can set your clock back to your regular time zone.

Surprisingly, the new version of BOB has been updated to include integration with Outlook 2007, so you can actually see your calendar entries and e-mails in the BOB organizer. Post back and let me know which character is your favorite. Personally, I like Scuzz the Rat.

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Comments (39):

  1. technabob says:

    Now that April 1st is over, I guess I can say it…

    April Fools!

  2. […] if I’ve never been excited about Vista before, I retract that. Vista comes with a hidden Microsoft BOB easter egg in it. I actually liked BOB a lot. This is reason enough for me to think about Vista, honestly. […]

  3. Matt says:

    This egg doesn’t work, or your instructions are missing some detail. You say you just “stumbled” upon it?

  4. technabob says:

    Scroll up to comment #1. This was an April Fools joke.

    Sorry if you wasted time doing it.

  5. Randy Brooks says:

    You Can Download Microsoft BOB From
    This Site


  6. John Marcus says:

    This is the reason I /hate/ using the Internet on April fool’s day. June 15, 2007 is /not/ April fool’s day! You should take this offline after 4/1! Also, why not put a BIG notice up if you insist on keeping old content on your site?

  7. technabob says:

    John: Sorry about that. I’m gonna add a note to the top of the article too (not just the one at the beginning of the comments).

  8. Slax says:

    it didn’t work on me.. I’ve tried like 10 times it’s frustrating…

  9. technabob says:

    Read the top of the post. This was an April Fool’s Joke.

  10. aki says:

    you got me here

    dang ive tried thrice

  11. Slax says:

    Gosh!!!!! It worked .. thanks for posting that easter egg.. I appreciate it a lot… yiipeeeee!!!!

  12. Slax, you can do it? It is April Joke Fools!

  13. Zimbi co. says:

    They moved the download!
    It’s now at:
    Funny Joke by the way!!!! :-)

  14. Mike says:

    Grow a sense of humor, John Marcus. If you didn’t check the date of the post it isn’t the author’s fault.

  15. mike says:

    rofl. you got me too…had me going there. Last time i ever try anything before reading the comments!

  16. n8 says:

    dude i tried downloading it and now my comp wont stop crashing!!!!!!!!!!!! plz respond with how to stop it!!!!!!!!!

  17. Hana says:

    Is there anyway of removing it or deleting it at all?

  18. mike says:

    I’ve tried it 150 times it doesn’t work,,,, HELP

  19. tearsword says:

    LOL.. i think the big “April 1” on the calender is enough..

  20. wellslogan says:

    I assume that if BOB was really running, there would be some kind of running indicator. In the taskbar, perhaps? Nice joke though.

  21. newbish says:

    John Marcus, seriously.. Don’t blame the internet for what day things are made. Do you pick up an old newspaper, read it then whine to the news paper editor that it is out of date? You sir, are an idiot.

  22. nunya56 says:

    You tried 150 times? You just can’t fix stupid.

  23. George says:

    Funny joke, it’s a shame that no one has find a real easter egg, but please people, recognize it’s a great joke, has almost 2 years and still people fall in it.

  24. David says:

    Never used MSBob, but I had some fun with a “Bubba for Windows” that mocked it.

  25. howtogetthisstupidthing says:

    I tried this 4 times and this dosn’t work!

  26. David Mumford says:

    I used to pull tricks like this back when I worked for Disney.

  27. PSH says:

    That’s the Desktop Image!!!

  28. Zoz0e says:

    I clicked both links to download the BOB file but i couldn’t find it at both..

  29. Stephen says:

    I really enjoy an April Fools gag that lasts over 3 years!

  30. and also I was logged on as an Administrator

  31. tried, but link’s dead

  32. poor, quick launch bar!!! too many links :-(

  33. Nathan says:

    Why does everybody try to find the hard way of doing things? (well, it is fun to do things the hard way, but…) Just go to Vetusware.com and search ms BOB and it should be there. Or just search on google.

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