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josef @jk

when i was a kid i got a CD-ROM in a box of cereal that was full of disney wallpapers and screensavers, and immediately installed them all onto my dads computer, and in the ensuing attempt to remove it all when he found out, i broke something, and for the next 5 years every time you started up the computer, it would produce 20+ identical error messages that each said something like "101dalmatians.exe has performed an illegal operation"

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@jk I nearly bricked our family computer installing a Star Wars screensaver pack when I was younger. Luckily, my friend's dad was good with Win3.1, and introduced me to the wonders of autoexec.bat, the REM command, and restoring a working boot sequence by trial and error.

@jk windows 3.1 didn't properly block inputs from full screen games reaching the system, so somehow as a young kid i managed to delete program manager while playing mr. potato head saves veggie valley

@Dex @jk Pretty sure someone in our house managed to drag C:\WINDOWS to some random location in Explorer and confine us to Dos for a few hours. This must have been either 3.1 or '95 and I've no idea how either of them allowed it since usually I can't move anything more important than a photograph without Windows wanting to reboot five times.

@andrewt @Dex @jk 3.1 and 95 were really just programs that ran on top of DOS, so they didn't exert much control over the system, at least in the way we expect now.

@Riley @Dex @jk True. I think of Windows as not letting you move running software and I thought that was a Dos thing too but who knows. Doesn't matter much now. 🙃