back to article Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

By now, Windows 10 users have grown accustomed to the photos and inspirational quotes from Microsoft adorning their lock screens. Usually, they are just pleasant landscape or architecture pics, with a randomly selected line or two of text to accompany them. Other times, however, they can be a bit unnerving. For Reg reader …

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WTF?

Forgot your meds this morning ?

I think you have to be extremely deranged to see a subliminal suicide message in the picture+text.

Check my handle, YES, I am the MHP, (Microsoft Most Hated Professional) and even I think this is taking it too far.

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

I bet you're a blast at parties.

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

Have you seen Groundhog Day?

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

"I think you have to be extremely deranged to see a subliminal suicide message in the picture+text."

To not see it, you must;

a) lack a sense of humour, and

b) have never been on the dark side of depression.

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

Who are you and what have MS done with Hans1?

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

While I can see the humour, yes it's an amusing combo, the fact that MS take this seriously says there's a lot of very easily influenced people out there and explains why the "Lads from Lagos" can still make a killing from the mugs that are out there.

To me the combination in the image was very inspirational, it tells me that life is hard and a tough struggle but the first step on that road through life's troubles is going to make all the difference. If anyone picked up suicide from this combo of image and text I strongly suggest you seek immediate psychiatric help!

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

That may be true, Fuzzy, but personally my first step would be in a direction away from the cliff edge, as that step is indeed a "doozy".

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

I have almost exactly that view/image on my Linux Desktop (OK, I admit it's the cliffs on Orkney), but I've never once associated it with jumping off a cliff. Funny That.

Must be a Windows thing.

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"I think you have to be extremely deranged"

No, you just have to have read the news lately.

Seeing what is happening around the world within the halls of power kind of make me want to throw myself off a cliff, although that wouldn't be such a bad cliff to do it.

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

"Have you seen Groundhog Day?"

Have you seen Groundhog Day?

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Re: Forgot your meds this morning ?

>To not see it, you must;

>a) lack a sense of humour, and

>b) have never been on the dark side of depression.

I have been through depression, yes, THROUGH DEPRESSION, and I am proud of having gone through just that, it gives me a sense pride, a force, I will never ever let myself go there again ... it cost me a marriage, wife at the time told me "I cannot help you, you need to help yourself!" ... needless to say she did not last long, I ditched her as soon as I had started recovering! In hindsight, SHE was the cause of my depression ... never felt better since I dumped her ;-)

Now, something that is very easy to say, yet, so full of wisdom: "If you are desperate enough to commit the irreparable then it can only get better!"

You cannot blame an image, a song (Judas Priest) or whatever ... that is just brain-dead.

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Pedantic geography point

The Cliffs of Moher are somewhat to the south of Galway Bay making the leap even bigger than implied by the story.

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Re: Pedantic geography point

Good point phy445. A quick Google map search suggests they are some way from Galway Bay, even the south side. Pedants UNITE! PP

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Sat Nagivation ...

Must be a new feature to Windows Maps .. "You have reached your dest..."

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Re: Sat Nagivation ...

To be fair to Microsoft, Apple maps would have put you in the middle of Dublin.

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Re: Sat Nagivation ...

Where do you want to go todaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay?

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"You have reached your dest..."

"...iny" ?

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Re: "You have reached your dest..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTcBWo4Aj0g

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Re: "You have reached your dest..."

"..iny" or ".ini"?

OK, I know, coat & exit

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Re: Sat Nagivation ...

To be fair to Microsoft, Apple maps would have put you in the middle of Dublin.

That may be true.. But on MS maps the cliffs aren't there, they didn't even exist the last time it was updated!

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180 degrees for me ...

... just turn around & walk away from Redmond's constant churn (not unlike the waves at the bottom of that cliff). It's the only sane thing to do.

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Re: 180 degrees for me ...

Maybe that is the subliminal suggestion in the picture. Sure, first step is a doozy. Just make it in the right direction.

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Re: 180 degrees for me ...

... just turn around & walk away from Redmond's constant churn (not unlike the waves at the bottom of that cliff). It's the only sane thing to do.

YAY! I never expected a pro-Linux post to appear, really I never did!!

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Re: 180 degrees for me ...

Who mentioned Linux? Seriously, I'm just anti-Redmond (and Cupertino, London, etc, for the same exact reasons).

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Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

what with the pain in all the diodes down its left side.

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Re: Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

There is a long standing suspicion that Sirius Cybernetics corporation has a branch in Redmond WA.

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Re: Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

You mean the Surfaces is called Marvin?

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Re: Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

@LDS

That's not what I call my Surface.....

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Re: Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

"You mean the Surfaces is called Marvin?"

That explains the DE-motivational message

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Cant say I've ever noticed any of these motivational blah blahs on ms wallpaper.

Then again Ive not looked at it. On the rare occasions i wanted wallpaper I found my own.

Who has wallpaper? were not 10 year olds! it was a novelty in win 95, but it soon wears off.

You never see it if your doing any work , and it means u cant see your icons.

The only wallpaper Ive seen recently is some kind of sandy rock desert wind carving. or is it a beach , dunno seems to be default win 10 behaviour for the pre logon screen . could be a screen saver

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Wow the happy party people are in force today.

Maybe all the Windows 10 data harvesting was worth it. The bot learned how to be a sexist and racist bigot and the wallpaper know what a bunch of miserable buggers are out there.

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Maybe all the Windows 10 data harvesting was worth it. The bot learned how to be a sexist and racist bigot and the wallpaper know what a bunch of miserable buggers are out there.

I heard that once it had read all of the forums it killed its own process.

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Me, I have wallpaper, and I'm a LONG way from 10.

Most of it is courtesy of Digital Blasphemy. But I wouldn't go googling for his work if I were you - you wouldn't want to end up acting like a 10 year old, would you ;-)

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Windows

Bring back River Sumida, that's what I say...

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For some reason on the lock screen where these little messages appear, I get a black background. Once I press a key and get the login screen, I then see the pretty background, but no messages.

I have to say, some of the pictures they've used have been very nice.

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Wow the happy party people are in force today.

I know right I woke up this morning with the thought it was Friday, some people must be working this wekend. :D

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"I have to say, some of the pictures they've used have been very nice."

I'd prefer porn. Or anime screenshots with moe girls in it [just to tweek the moralists]. But last I checked you couldn't assign your own graphics [or get rid of the damn ads]

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"But last I checked you couldn't assign your own graphics"

You didn't look very hard. There are multiple methods for changing that pic. See, just for example, http://www.howtogeek.com/223875/how-to-change-the-login-screen-background-on-windows-10/ or http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/change-the-login-screen-background-in-windows-10/

Personally, I made the change by hand, no problems noted. It was actually easier to do than to do the equivalent to a Mac, where once merely dropping a pic named 'StartupScreen' into the System Folder would have done the trick.

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If you're running Windows 10...

....you're probably already suicidal.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

I certainly was after trying to get a mouse to work for 2 f'ing hours in Mint once. A Mouse FFS.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

What were doing running mint?! That said, the trackpad in W10 turns itself off at random.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@Lost all faith

didn't you know that Mint is a natural mouse repellent?

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@Lost all faith - I've never had the slightest problem with mice and Linux, not even back when I first started using it (Mandrake Linux back then, pre-Ubuntu existing, cant recall which year that was). Never heard of anyone else having problems with mice, either, although I suppose it's possible one of those swish high-end gaming mice with umpty-leven buttions might be problematic (but as I only knwo one person with one of those and he uses it for Windows games... (shrugs)). What on earth were you using that caused problems?

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@ Lost

You do not need to place and move the mouse on the screen, you can move it around you desk and the little arrow type thingy on the screen, called a cursor, will move.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

Lost all faith: <to Mouse> "Hello Computer..."

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

Upvote - you've earned it.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

",,,I suppose it's possible one of those swish high-end gaming mice with umpty-leven buttions might be problematic..."

Why would the above be a problem in an operating system that is a "viable alternative to Windows"? Surely an operating system that is a "viable alternative to Windows" shouldn't have an issue installing/using a mouse, no matter how many buttons? If it does then it's obviously not a "viable alternative to Windows is it"?

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@lost_all_faith, You must be new here or like down-votes, dissing a Linux distro, especially the minty one crazy I tell you, crazy.

Makes me wonder if a future Android version (as I am sure there will be) will also be called Mint; a bit short but it is a sweetie.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

Why would the above be a problem in an operating system that is a "viable alternative to Windows"?

Because there's always some smartarse H/W maker that decides to do things their own way, needs a special driver and only provides a Windows version.

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

Haven't had that experience with Mint. Yesterday however I watched a Windows installation take 5 minutes to "install" a mouse driver for a simple 3-button USB mouse, then ask me to reboot to complete the installation.

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