Windows 2000 Easter Egg - Minesweeper

. Enter Minesweeper, and type "xyzzy"(No quotes).
2. Press the left shift key.
3. Look at the top-left most pixel on the entire screen. To see this pixel, you have to minimize or shrink Program manager, since this changing pixel resides on the background wallpaper. When the pointer in on a mine the pixel will turn
4. This cheat is known to work under Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11, but it is belived that the minesweeper under Windows 95 was changed and that this trick won't work.

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Contributed By: Danny T on 02-10-2000
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Special Requirements: windows 2K , Minesweeper
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TheCaptn writes:
I'm Running Windows XP Pro Final and it works fine.
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gandalf109 writes:
I just by chance found that if you hit the escape key while playing minesweeper in Win 2K, the timer stops, but you can keep on playing, 1 second looks pretty impressive as the fastest expert time.
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Simo writes:
To get rid of the dot , you must first close Minesweeper and on the desktop Right-click and goto Refresh, or click once on the desktop in a free space and press F5.
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Disgruntled writes:
The XYZZY thing is a reference to the magic word used in "Colossal Caves" and the "Zork" games.
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Kelton2 writes:
This doesn't work in Vista and 7 and 8. Only in XP and previous.
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Craig writes:
This egg don't work under win ME :(
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burdeesrule writes:
The easiest way to see the pixel is to change your background picture to pure black temporarily. The little white pixel shines bright and clear!
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Neocrazy writes:
It doesn't work for me. I have Windows 2000. I tried both ways, with and without the shift key. Help!
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Jon writes:
I've tried this egg under Win98 and Win2k. It works under Win2k but not under Win98.
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Big Boppa writes:
i have win2k on my dell laptop and you can see the pixel on the top left change from black to white very well! awsome code, finally beat it on x-pert
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Holden writes:
It is a cool egg. Works under Win 2000.
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Squizzy writes:
Fantastic - I'm winning the office minesweeper competition, no one can beat me. Maybe I should have started betting money before all this success, anyway a great egg.
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jomofo writes:
For those that can't get it to work, make sure your screen is adjusted so that you can actually see the upper-left pixel. If you've got your screen extended all the way to the edge of the viewable area on your monitor it's possible that your magic pixel is being clipped. Also make sure that you have everything but minesweeper minimized so that you can see the desktop.
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Dave2 writes:
It is like the sol one (where it is yxyyz with Ctrl Alt + Shift pressed for 1 casrd at a time)
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jello writes:
Works in windows whistler (xp) too. And, btw, "foobar" is correctly spelled fubar, and the "r" can stand for repair OR recognition. (watch full metal jacket for context.)
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This works in WinXPPro as well.
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DarkFox writes:
I have Windows XP, and I can tell you it works. Looks like Microsoft missed one in their Easter Egg Hunt.
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Sk8tRLee writes:
It works on Windows 95 for me!!! If you put resolution on the lowest, it's not as much as an eye killer
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MathGuy2 writes:
"XYZZY" is the code word to get to a certain room in the UNIX 'adventure' game. The game comes with most Linux versions, but not with Mac OS X.
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shinji_muyo writes:
The dot can be removed by pressing the left shift key again.
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Leea writes:
Well I have Windows ME running and when I open Minesweeper and just type in "x" or "z" is says £¥Ü.P£Ü[{{+§ has caused an error in WINMINE.EXE or WINMINE.EXE has caused an error in SMILEYKILL.DLL and then it gives me the bsod(blue screen of death)a few hundred times. Then I have to restart my computer!! Does anyone know why it does this??? <_>;;
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Isaaclev writes:
It worked for me without the shift key.
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Oisín writes:
fubar - F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition, according to the hacker's jargon file. :) From the second world war or something...
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Asthore writes:
It worked on Windows 2000 for me. Just had to refresh the desktop as previously suggested.
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zandro writes:
I have 2K running on an IBM ThinkPad 570, works great, I see that little mine detecting pixel blinking like a champ; but whenever I click on this pixel, my screen explodes.
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x7gamma writes:
"xyzzy" is actually a reference to Advent...
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Well, xyzzy has been a metasyntactic variable for years. Whenever programmers need a word and they can't be bothered to think of one, in goes a metasyntactic variable. Others are: foo bar foobar pop gx fred And so on. A lot of people have their personal favorites and creations. While on the subject, foobar is suggested to be an acronym of "F***ed Up Beyond All Repair".
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Sarah3264 writes:
"Foo" and "bar" are Zork references. If you had entered them as a command, you'd get: "Well, FOO, BAR, and BLETCH to you too!"
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Sarah3264 writes:
And more on the subject: I have both the 3.1 and the 95 Minesweeper, and they are different- the type is different in the 3.1, and sometimes in the 3.1 there is an explosion screen. In other words, they would have taken it out in the 'new' Minesweeper.
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Huga writes:
fubar also is used in geology. There's a mineral called fubarite, because when they first dug it up, all the layers were twisted and contorted = "F**ked up beyond all recognition"
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Stheg writes:
This works for W2K with DirectX8, IE5.5, but all other patches and hotfixes available as of 27JUN04.
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Armiris writes:
I have XP and all this does is make a 3x3 block selected......
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Jell-0 writes:
I have Win2K Build 2195 SP1 and it doesn’t seem to work on my system - maybe I am retarded and I'm not doing it right and if that is the case, fell free to correct me... but I couldn’t get it to work.
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eggboy2 writes:
It works!!
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pman13 writes:
foobar is actually supposed to be fubar, and it is a superlative for f*cked up beyond all recognition, not all repair
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Poof writes:
This Egg DOES work on Windows 2000 (The Cat SAYS Win2K so why are you saying it doesn't work in 9X? This egg doesn't work on Win9X but works on Win2K(Maybe NT) and Windows 3.1X
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Huguitow writes:
xyzzy sounds like "Cheesy"
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mtw writes:
Works just fine on Final English Windows XP Pro Corp.(build 2600)
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