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Windows 95/98 Tips & Tricks

Windows 98

To display the Windows 98 Easter Egg, do the following:

Double-click on the clock in the tray to open the Date/Time properties dialog box.

  • Click on the Time Zone tab.
  • While holding down the Ctrl key, click and drag from Memphis, Egypt (point 1) to Memphis, Tennessee (point 2).Let up the mouse. There will be no visual indication that anything has happened.
  • Repeat the click and drag again (while holding down Ctrl), this time from Memphis, Tennessee (point 2) to Redmond, Washington (point 3).
  • A nice credits screen (complete with video and music) is displayed.

Just drag from point 1 to point 2 to point 3 while holding down the Ctrl key

Special Thanks To:
Bruce Christensen

Windows 98 II

Actually, there is another way to activate this egg. Better still, you can create a shortcut to activate this cute little egg without going through the hassle of clicking on the places on the map. Try this:

  • Go to C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\WELCOME\
  • Select Weldata.exe. Create a shortcut.
  • Right-click the shortcut. Make sure you are on the Shortcut tab.
  • In the target text box, enter add a "You_are_a_real_rascal" text to the end of the path, in this case:
    "C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\WELCOME\WELDATA.EXE" You_are_a_real_rascal
  • From the Run drop-down list, select Minimized.

And there you are, instant egg in a shortcut!

Windows 98 - Eject PC?

  • Open the start menu and in the Program folder right click on any shortcut ( make sure this is not MS DOS Prompt or a folder ) and choose properties.
  • Click on the Change Icon to change the icon, and double click the already selected icon, then press OK to exit the properties window.
  • Go back to the start menu and move your mouse just below Shut Down. A  little arrow should be appear just below it, so just move the mouse over it You will see the start menu slide down a little. And you should see Eject PC (!??)

Try out this cool Screensaver trick. In the screen saver settings dialog select '3D Text' as your screen saver. Click 'Settings' and change the text to be displayed to Volcano. The screen saver will now display names of different volcanoes. If you are using Windows NT 4, also try I love NT & not evil.


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