Windows

Looking back at Windows Screen Saver Easter Eggs

Teapots

By the time Windows 2000 was released, the only screen saver Easter Egg in the operating system was hidden in the 3D Pipes screen saver and was called simply Teapots.

To see this Easter Egg, you begin by accessing the Screen Saver tab in the Display Properties dialog box. You then select the 3D Pipes from the Screen Saver drop down list and then click the Settings button. When you see the 3D Pipes Setup dialog box, you select the Multiple option in the Pipes panel, the Traditional option in the Pipe Style panel, and Mixed in the Joint Type drop down list. You should also set the Resolution slider to the Max position. While you can use the Textured option in the Surface Style panel, the Solid option makes it easier to spot the teapots.

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15 comments
red bandit1
red bandit1

Ok we have teapots in 2000 what do we have in Vista and 7?

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

The human brain only recognises what it has experienced in the past. The more experience - the more recognition. How many Bedouin Arabs would recognise a TREE??? I drink coffee - ALWAYS HAVE!

rich
rich

Great! We wasted ten minutes and spotted about 8 teapots, from tiny to huge (1/10th screen height). They seem to occur about once per 4 re-draws of the pipes.

matt.pigman
matt.pigman

I count 19 teapots. Some are partially obscured by the pipes.

doc9x
doc9x

I definitely saw 15 teapots, sometimes just the handle or spout would be visible. There very well could be four more hidden in there, so the previous poster could be correct. Fun little puzzle!