This Windows 1.0 Easter Egg Has Been Hidden For Nearly 37 Years

Lucas Brooksan avid Windows fan who scours and reviews its early iterations, recently shared his discovery from an easter egg that has been hiding in Windows 1.0 for almost 37 years.

Brooks discovered the secret, a list of Windows developer credits and a “congratulations” message buried in the data of a smiley face bitmap file that came with the operating system. The credits data was encrypted and, according to Brooks, the tools needed to extract the data didn’t even exist at the time of the operating system’s release.

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There’s not much to the easter egg itself, but it’s always a delight to find a creator’s fingerprint like this, tucked away and challenging intrepid users to find it. Also, it’s impressive that he managed to remain hidden for so long and that Brooks was able to find him.

There’s also a name in the credits that every PC gamer will recognize: Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. Newell began his career at Microsoft after leaving Harvard and contributed to the development of the first three iterations of Windows. He also led the team that ported Doom from DOS to Windows, a crucial step in the transition between operating systems.

The obscurity of this find makes you wonder if there are secrets like this that Never be found, or how many other bits of Windows functionality are right under our noses (looking at you, Notepad). Windows is such a ubiquitous and dissected aspect of modern life that it’s surprising that this secret can elude detection for so long. At the same time, the investigative spirit that led to discoveries like this, The Witcher 3 seven year easter eggor the 50 hits illusory wall in Elden Ring is hard to thwart.

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