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Someone found a secret Windows 1.0 that’s been hidden for 37 years

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Nearly four decades later, an ancient secret deep within Windows 1.0 has been unearthed by an intrepid digital archaeologist. it’s easy easter eggsBut it was not found at that time.

as he discovered it player on pcLucas Brooks is a huge fan of the Microsoft Windows graphic operating system. Brooks is often seen tweeting about various things he found in older versions of Windows, including Easter Eggs. And he recently discovered a never-before-seen secret in Windows 1.0 RTM (RTM stands for “production releaseThe list of credits with the names of everyone who contributed to the development of Windows 1.0 is hidden in a bitmap file.

It is worth noting that by hiding this already encrypted data in the bitmap file, the developers essentially prevented anyone from discovering the secret credits at the time. According to Brooks, the tools needed to extract the bitmap file from NE (executable file format) when Windows version 1.0. And even if someone could extract the bitmap, they wouldn’t be able to see the extra stuff, Encrypted data hidden in the file.

Although Brooks was able to piece the puzzle together and unravel the credits list in the process, they still haven’t figured out how to actually access the Easter egg in Windows 1.0 without hacking. It is believed that in Windows 1.0 there is a set of keystrokes that open the secret credit menu. This is how it works in all newer versions who also have hidden balances and similar secrets. But so far no one has been able to find out.

You may recognize one of the names in the newly discovered credits. Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve It’s included in the Easter egg and that’s because… he worked on it. He left Microsoft in 1996 with Mike Harrington to found Valve and begin work on their first game. half life. I wonder how all this happened…

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