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Microsoft_Windows_XP_Welcome_Music

Microsoft Windows XP Welcome Music

Velkommen, commonly referred to as The Windows Welcome Music, or by its file name, title.wma, is a Windows Media Audio file that plays during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) of Windows XP. It is a 101 BPM song, and while it originally ran for two minutes and forty seconds, the full track is over five minutes long.

Description[]

This track often goes unheard when installing Windows XP, as sound drivers are typically not installed during the OOBE. After installation, the file was found and deemed a "Windows XP Easter Egg,"[1] and could be located in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\images. The file can no longer be located in newer versions of Windows operating systems.

The track originates from a Version 3.0 of the Internet Explorer Starter Kit" released in 1996 for Windows 95.[2] An edited version was intended to be included with Windows 98 and was later repurposed as Windows XP's installation music.[3]

Composer[]

The original composer was uncredited and remained unidentified for many years. Websites and forums questioning the creator of the music misidentified Brian Eno and Bill Brown as the composers.[4][5] However, Stan LePard was discovered to be the actual composer of this track when a version of it was discovered on his public SoundCloud account.[6]

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