Windows XP Easter Egg - Why the computer shut down unexpectantly

Interesting Dialog Code found in Windows Xp Professional's MSGina.dll

Found using ResHacker(Resource Hacker) Avilable at:

http://neo-vortex.xepher.net/reshack.zip

Open MSGina.dll, Select DIALOG, go to 2210, then select 1033

you will see (in the text part) what you see below)



2210 DIALOG 0, 0, 274, 200
STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | DS_CENTER | WS_POPUP | WS_CAPTION | WS_SYSMENU
CAPTION "Shutdown Event Tracker"
LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
FONT 8, "MS Shell Dlg"
{
CONTROL 22, -1, STATIC, SS_ICON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 13, 7, 21, 20
CONTROL "&Why did the computer shut down unexpectedly?", -1, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 44, 7, 173, 10
CONTROL "", 2211, COMBOBOX, CBS_DROPDOWNLIST | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_VSCROLL | WS_TABSTOP, 44, 20, 173, 57
CONTROL "The computer got very poorly and decided to end it's own suffering.", 2212, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 44, 40, 173, 33
CONTROL "&Problem Id", -1, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 44, 80, 173, 10
CONTROL "", 2214, EDIT, ES_LEFT | ES_AUTOHSCROLL | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER | WS_TABSTOP, 44, 90, 173, 12
CONTROL "&Comment", -1, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 44, 106, 173, 10
CONTROL "", 2213, EDIT, ES_LEFT | ES_MULTILINE | ES_AUTOVSCROLL | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER | WS_TABSTOP, 44, 116, 173, 53
CONTROL "OK", 1, BUTTON, BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP | WS_TABSTOP, 217, 176, 50, 14
}


and the dialog equivilan witch has the following in reasons for why your computer shut down unexpectantly:
The computer got very poorly and decided to end it's own suffering.

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Contributed By: Neo-Vortex on 10-07-2002
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Special Requirements: ResHacker (Resource Hacker) Found at http://neo-vortex.xepher.net/reshack.zip
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Comments

RemlapaN writes:
That is not an easter egg, merely a feature designed for network administrators. To really access this feature (and use it), do the following: Start --> Run --> Type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes), and press enter. When dialog window appears, double-click "Administrative Templates" under Computer Configuration, then select "System". On the right, you will see "Display Shutdown Event Tracker". Enabling this feature will force winXP to prompt you as to why you are turning your computer off. Kinda useless for home users, but owell.
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x_Player1_x writes:
I have copied the code into Resource Hacker and took a screenshot. http://www.xplayer1x.host.sk/whyshutdown.gif
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Mick writes:
If you have MS Visual C++ (I have v6) you can open up c:\windows\system32\msgina.dll for resource editing and take a peek. Included in there is an AVI of how to press Ctrl+Alt+Del, and a few pictures that give insight into what Microsoft was thinking when they made XP including 'Windows Whislter Datacenter', 'Whistler Advanced Server' (Both now in their '.NET' name) and 'XP Embedded'. Very interesting!
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Szajd writes:
Not really an Easter Egg, but it's fine you found it. Of course, it's a bit strange, and it's by design. Funny, that the Hungarians translated this in the Hungarian version of Windows XP. GINA DLL is actually the DLL of signing in. And Mick! They aren't '.NET' but '.NET 2003'.
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NoComment writes:
Just as an aside, when you actually have a copy of Windows Server 2003 (as it is now officially called) or Windows 2000 Server, when you try to shut the computer down you will get this message box ALL THE TIME (unless to turn it off, which I haven't bothered doing so, whether or not it is possible anyway on servers). It is not an egg - as RemlapaN quotes, it really is designed for network administrators. (It appears to be logged into Event Viewer) And the AVI of how to press CTRL+ALT+DEL, that will appear if you have made (this applies to Windows 2000 as well) pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL compulsory prior to logon. (Welcome screen MUST BE OFF IN ORDER TO DO SO) If you click Help you will see the animation that Mick describes. As for the pictures relating to other Windows versions... don't ask me, I don't know a thing!
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Newisoft writes:
Wonderful. Windows XP Home has this too. Try seeing it in MS Dev En.
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Kyle writes:
The "The computer got very poorly and decided to end it's own suffering." message is NOT displayed on the dialog when viewed. The Shutdown Event Tracker (SET) dialog is available to view from Group Policies, however that message is hidden.
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yayrandom writes:
for the ctrl ald delete vid search for AVI_2413
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Blasterman writes:
Sadly this egg does not work in Vista, as the Winlogon system has been changed to not use GINAs after XP.
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viknesh writes:
There is another way to open the dll file with VC++ 6.0 Open the dll file as a resource file and the dialog box can be esily seen or modified
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lesdyxia writes:
Good grief. This isn't an easter egg. The MSGINA.DLL is an integral part of the murky NT logon process. There are a number of possible versions of this file if your OS is an OEM version, so yours may be lacking the amusing shutdown message.
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Newisoft writes:
Also look at the string table at line 1540, Emergency shutdown? And look at 1558
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I use Windows XP, but my computer would restart unexpectingly, not shut down. I wonder if it restarts because of it "being poor"?
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