From Misc Data Digs
Developed by: Microsoft
Windows XP is an operating system based on the Windows NT technology and was designated for home users, with an upgrade to the user interface as well as an introduction to Windows Media Center in later releases, with an entire edition dedicated to it.
Even though initial support ended 12 years ago and extended support ended 7 years ago, it is still widely used by many businesses, retro users, and clueless users today.
| Source Code|
The many things that were hiding in source code given only to select developers
From Watercolor to Luna, did the visual style change. From Whistler to XP, did the name of the OS change.
Unused Images (Windows Whistler leftovers)
Early login logo images exist as bitmaps in msgina.dll.
Similarly, side bars for these versions can be found under explorer.exe.
Old power button, used in early versions of the shutdown UI.
The computer got very poorly and decided to end it's own suffering
Located in msgina.dll, this placeholder text is used any time the user doesn't fill out the shutdown event tracker. The user does not see this normally. This also exists in russian version of Windows xp, in russian language.
Restart in MS-DOS mode Ends your session, shuts down Windows, and starts MS-DOS mode.
Located in msgina.dll under String Table 501, Windows XP cannot restart in MS-DOS mode.
This pre-release version of "Internet Explorer 4.0" Desktop/Explorer has expired. Please update to the latest release of "Internet Explorer 4.0" from WWW.MICROSOFT.COM
Located in explorer.exe under String Table 45. Leftover from an early version of Active Desktop.
In winlogon.exe, there are leftover Windows NT 4.0 logon dialogs.
Similarly, a Windows ME-like background image can be found among the setup files.
Every copy of Windows XP has an installer for Microsoft Bob included, encrypted with random keys. This was done not only to take up the remaining disc space, but also to slow down piracy. This installer is checked for by Windows XP's own installer.
The Microsoft Windows series
|DOS-Based Kernel||Windows 3.1 • Windows 95 • Windows 98|
|NT-Based Kernel||Windows 2000 • Windows XP • Windows Server 2003 • Windows Vista • Windows 10|