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Windows Crash Gallery

"You think it's a conspiracy by the networks to put bad shows on TV. But the shows are bad because that's what people want. It's not like Windows users don't have any power. I think they are happy with Windows, and that's an incredibly depressing thought."

- Steve Jobs

Windows XP

Windows XP

Windows XP is (or rather, feels) very slow, but is sorta OK, as long as you have a fast machine with lots of RAM. Applications aside, I find the system itself to be stable (which is generally to be expected, since the kernel is NT-based, and thus uses protected mode).

This page is for some of the problems I've encountered in Windows XP.

Note: I generally keep my WindowsXP up to date using automatic updates, so in most of the cases below, WinXP was up to date for the date given for the screenshot.

Other Windows XP issues:

This was contributed by Charlie, 2002/11/18:

"Didn't see this already on your site, and there's not really a screenshot for this one, but it seems that XP's search function does not search the contents of files with no (or unrecognized) extension.

My CD player software stores library data in a single file per CD, using the 'cd id' as the file name. I occasionally want to find the file and make an edit or grab the exact text from the library file.

Sadly, I can't use search to find it anymore (it works on Win2k), because it won't search for text in files with no extension."

And finally, a non-screenshot related bug: the following neat little program, when compiled and run, will completely crash XP (and any earlier version of NT) (when I ran it, XP rebooted). I don't recommend you really try this program, but if you do, save all your work etc first:

#include <stdio.h>

int main (void) {
     while (1)
         printf ("\t\t\b\b\b\b\b\b");

     return 0;

I found this on Paul Hsieh's Microsoft Watch Page.