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The True Story Behind The Legendary Microsoft Wallpaper

The True Story Behind The Legendary Microsoft Wallpaper
Written by Agboola Sodiq

If you have been using the computer for a long time, then you are very familiar with this picture. Most of the Windows XP users had set this wallpaper as the desktop background.

We come across many things in our day to day life. With the increase in technology, use of a computer which was a luxury once upon a time became a necessity.  In the present situation of Tech world, there is no wonder if anyone says that computer is an essential part of a human. Take a good look at the one of the most famous picture ever taken, it a popular wallpaper used in Windows XP

Windows wallpaper

The image is so clear, some of us started believing it was ‘photoshopped’. But surprisingly that is not true, the image was taken long time ago by a photographer during a holiday with his girlfriend. It was a photograph taken by Charles O’Rear in 1996

Charles O’RearCharles O’Rear was working at that period as a photographer for National Geographic.

Read a short bio of Charles O’Rear according to wikipedia—

In January 1996, O’Rear was driving through Napa and Sonoma counties in California and photographed a green, lush hillside on the side of the highway 12/121. O’Rear took the photograph with a hand-held medium-format Mamiya RZ67 camera. He submitted the photo to Westlight, which later merged with Corbis.

Microsoft picked O’Rear’s image for its new operating system Windows XP in 2001. Microsoft named the image as Bliss and used it as the default wallpaper for the default theme of its Windows XP operating system published in 2001. With the success of Windows XP and the photograph being part of the operating system, it became one of the most viewed images in history. ” – Wikipedia

Now have a look at the picture taken exactly at the same place (where Bliss was shot) 10 years later  by Simon Goldin.

windows real wapaper

When Microsoft wanted to end support for Windows XP, they invited Charles and made a video , watch it below..

About the author

Agboola Sodiq

To the outside world, I'm just an ordinary geek. But in secret, I work to make my world information-safe. In order to succeed, I must become someone else... I must become something else.