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Getting Bored During XP install?

April 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Upon reading this Help and Support article by Microsoft, someone posted in a forum how you can play games etc while your XP intall is running.

Ok so i looked into the matter: Once XP has placed the needed files we can do just about anything through a CMD window by pressing Shift+F10 during the GUI section of the install.

How? you may ask-Lets say that we are in an XP install and we are bored and feel like a nice game of pinball.

We wait untill the nessasary pinball files are installed

Press Shift+F10-And type the following…

  • cd \
  • cd “Program Files”
  • cd “Windows NT”
  • cd Pinball
  • pinball.exe

“Bingo” we are up for a nice game while we wait-and you can do just about anything.

-Patrick S (Help sourced from HERE)

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8 Responses

  1. Dean Wronowski Says:

    WOW.. This is what Vista should include as an option before you install vista 😛

  2. Jabez Gan Says:

    Pat E showed me this neat trick when he was in Malaysia, while installing Vista 🙂

  3. Patrick S Says:

    Oh it works on vista too? AWESOME!!

  4. Patrick Elliott [MVP] Says:

    Ha ha, I’ve used this for years to play solitaire (sol.exe) and even to run add remove programs (appwiz.cpl) before windows even boots up 😛

  5. Bill Lawrance Says:

    Ha Ha Ha that is amazing…Wish i knew about it earlier!!

  6. Kristan Kenney Says:

    Wow, the Shift+F10 works on Windows XP’s setup routine too? I thought it was only Windows Vista’s that it worked (not sure if it does now, but it did in some earlier builds). Thanks for the information!

  7. Surya Says:

    Whoa this is kinda cool LOL. I nLite my installs so XP installs very fast so I never thought of using a distraction but this is great!

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