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Finding Easter Eggs in old software

What's lurking inside of your software? Ideally, only the code necessary to make the program work. Sometimes however, programmers hide Easter Eggs inside. Check out some of the Easter Eggs you can find inside of older software like Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Office 95.

One of most popular secular event in the celebration of the Easter holiday is the hunting of hidden Easter Eggs. Hidden by the Easter Bunny, or the Easter Beagle depending on your beliefs, Easter Eggs can be actual painted boiled eggs, or the little colored empty plastic ones that are stuffed full of goodies.

For years, programmers have hidden little jewels inside of programs. From Castle Wolfenstein levels in Doom to mazes hidden in Excel,  if you know the right keyboard combinations, you can find all sorts of stuff buried inside of programs you use on a daily basis.

Greg Shultz has done a series of photo galleries that show some of the hidden Easter Eggs in Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and some of the Office products. Here's an Easter Egg hidden in Windows 3.1 featuring Bill Gates.

Officially, Easter Eggs are forbidden in new software.  With 50 million lines of code, you'd think that programmers would have hidden something inside of Windows Vista, but Microsoft says not.

If you want to see even more Easter Eggs embedded in software, check out The Easter Egg Archive. It lists over 5000 Easter Eggs hidden in software and video games as well as thousands more other place.


For many years now I have been downloading and collecting software.There were some BIOS programs that gave you all sorts of hidden BIOS parameter controls.You'd be surprised at all the stuff that is in the real BIOS.However when it came to saving,rebooting and paying for the software I backed down.The Control Panel is a good place to look for Easter eggs.I do all of my experimentation before I erase and re install the OS.

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