Prank of the Week: Blue Screen Of Death Screen Saver to Freak Out Your Co-Workers! ~ Ask The Admin

Friday, July 06, 2007

Prank of the Week: Blue Screen Of Death Screen Saver to Freak Out Your Co-Workers!

Happy Friday! Are you at work and bored? It's almost lunch time how about a tech prank?

Don't worry no real computers will be harmed in this experiment.

This comes right from Microsoft it is a sysinternals screen saver that mimics a BSOD and even a reboot. Wait for a co-worker to go to lunch or the bathroom set it up to run after 30 seconds of downtime and wait... Direct Download Link 64k. Ohh yeah watch them freak out... Probably call tech support (Maybe you!)

This will work even better if you disconnect the mouse and keyboard so they cant stop it...

If you get your ass kicked its not our fault...Pick on people who are weaker than you! And This winds up being so funny - don't pee on yourself!

Excerpt from The Microsoft Site:

One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The
infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever
something has gone terribly wrong. Blue screen is a screen saver that not only
authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate start up screens seen during a
system boot.

On NT 4.0 installations it simulates chkdsk of disk drives
with errors!

On Win2K and Windows 9x it presents the Win2K start up
splash screen, complete with rotating progress band and progress control

On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 it present the XP/Server
2003 start up splash screen with progress bar!
Blue screen cycles between
different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all
the information shown on Blue screen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained
from your system configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT
developers. For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers
and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all taken from
the system Blue screen is running on.
Use Blue screen to amaze your friends
and scare your enemies!
Blue screen runs on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000,
Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 9x (it requires DirectX).
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Installation and Use
Note: before you can run
Bluescreen on Windows 9x, you must copy \winnt\system32\ntoskrnl.exe from a
Windows 2000 system to your \Windows directory.Simply copy Sysinternals
BLUESCRN.SCR to your \system32 directory if on Windows NT/2K, or \Windows\System
directory if on Windows 9x. Right click on the desktop to bring up the Display
settings dialog and then select the "Screen Saver" tab. Use the pull down list
to find "Sysinternals Bluescreen" and apply it as your new screen saver. Select
the "Settings" button to enable fake disk activity, which adds an extra touch of
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More Information
You can find out how real
Blue Screen's are generated, and what the information on the Blue Screen means
in my December 1997 Windows NT Magazine
NT Internal's column, "Inside the Blue Screen".