Windows 95 Easter Egg - Minesweeper

1. Click on a square to get the timer going
2. Hold down both mouse buttons, and a 9 square indentation will appear
3. Hit the ESC key
4. Get the best time :)

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Contributed By: Sir Twist on 07-15-1999
Reviewed By: Webmaster
Special Requirements: Win95
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yoe writes:
Actually, it's a bug. Escape is supposed to minimize the window and stop the timer, functioning as a 'pause' button. If you hold the mouse button however, the window cannot be minimized. In this case, the timer should not be stopped as well. The fact that it does, means this is bad programming from Microsoft.
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canjo writes:
If you want the empty satisfaction of getting a high score using cheats, you may as well just open this file: C:\Windows\winmine.ini At the bottom it has 3 name and 3 time spots. Put in the name and time you want and there ya go. An unbeatable high score. This is not really an egg, it is just the file windows stores the score information in.
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WeeZLe writes:
Uh...dude...i hate to be the one to break it to ya, but it's a cheat...not an egg...and, all you really have to do is click a square with the left mouse button and then click it again and hold it while you hit esc once...this stops the time.
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Dudes, if you have trouble winning, while under this cheat, you can also use the other cheat - that is, the one where you find the ones by looking at a pixel. Just type "xyzzy" (without quotation marks) and then hold CTRL-ALT-SHIFT while clicking anywhere that has an uncleared square. Alternatively, just hold them down all the time. Now look at the pixel at the upper-left corner of the screen. As you move your mouse over a square, if it's black, that square contains a mine. If the pixel is white, on the other hand, it conatains no bomb. Use the two cheats together, and you can get a 1-second record for Expert! By the way, this is NOT a bug; it is described in the help file! Look at hints and tips in help contents.
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DMTinME writes:
hey yoe, minesweeper for windows wasn't written originally by Microsoft, they bought it from some college student and changed the credits so it was theirs. the programmers at Microsoft haven't wasted their time messing with minesweeper because they're still trying to make their Windows OS working, which it still doesn't. MONKEY
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Big John writes:
Sorry guys but none of your suggestions worked for me. And whats this about a "WINMINE.INI"????? WHERE???????? Not here dudez.
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john pepper writes:
Big John , go to find and type in winmine.ini and it SHOULD come up
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You can do this in Win98 too.
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Mike Mu writes:
it is not a bug, it describes this in Help. You can actually do this with the timer too! use both buttons on the timer, press esc
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Hoju writes:
It also works in ME.
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Are you stupid, it is not a bug, and if you would take the time to look in the instructions for minesweeper it tells you how to pause it. So, therefore it is not a bug in the game!
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Big deal, I can beat it zero seconds.
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Parry writes:
Why do such tricks when you can enter your own score? Search for winmine.ini, open it and set time1, time2, time3; name1, name2, name3 fields to whatever you like. I read a comment about a person not able to find winmine.ini. This means Minesweeper is not installed on his or her machine. Install it from Add/Remove programs.
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Gumbi writes:
I'd definitely have to agree with the bug theory... in fact it gets worse. If you hit escape to minimize it before you've started a game, then bring it back up, the clock starts before the game even has. On the positive side, this could be used as a handicap feature for experts in 'competition play' - makes it a little more fair for the less experienced. OK... I'm reaching...
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Cinderelly writes:
Sorry to break it to you, but if you create your own puzzle by using the "customize" feature, then you don't have a chance to receive a high score. You can only receive a high score by playing one of the level games of Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert.
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LiKuEdSnAkE writes:
i dont think it works anymore once u do this!! I beat it in 1 second and the second time i played it stopped working and i think my minesweeper is going crazy! so..
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E writes:
This is cool! It stops the clock so you can get the best time in the world! I even got two seconds! (The only problem is winning.) And it could be a little better.
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In case anyone didn't already know, using both buttons on a numbered square where all the mines around it are marked (ex. both buttons on a "2" square when you've marked two squares next to it) clears all the remaining squares around that number square. Am I making any sense? The egg/bug worked for me.
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This TOTALLY works. I just got 1 second!
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