Mini How-To: Remove the Windows BSOD icon in Leopard

Make OS X a little less smug
It's pretty clear that Apple left no stone unturned in Leopard, making changes and fixes throughout the new operating system. Unfortunately, that also included an upgrade to its crucial smugness subsystem: the image you see above of an old school CRT monitor with a blue screen of death is actually the not-so-subtle gag icon Leopard uses to represent Windows machines on your local network. (Is it any wonder why PC and Mac fanboys tend to get in so many fights?) Granted, many Leopard beta users have seen this icon since the early releases, but we didn't actually think the shipping version would include something so pompous and galling to the other 90%.

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If Apple didn't feel so threatened by Microsoft they wouldn't see the need to resort to such childish tactics in the first place.

C_Guy said,
If Apple didn't feel so threatened by Microsoft they wouldn't see the need to resort to such childish tactics in the first place.

Threatened? they aren't...Microsoft owns the market of OS, simple as that (this is not from a fanboy, its just a real fact).
The only thing i praise apple for is the great marketing campaign that is attracting more and more people to buy their products. But if the OS will be driven just like the iPhone is, well, they will need to push an entire new OS soon...

Vista is better than XP since it was out almost a year. Those XP fanboys are like the OS fanboys, the former throws crap at vista because they dont own it yet or dont have the hardware to take advantage of it. the latter, well, they are just looking at the wow factor and not platform future. When apple can afford people to write programs for their OS as windows always has, this will be a differnet story.

OK So, when will there be a fix to remove the BSOD joke from Halo?

OH that is right, jump on the wagon when apple does it too.

Typical from Apple. It has become popular to hate MS and Windows. Apple is all about what makes them and their users feel better about themselves and their purchases. Nothing more. Maybe I'll post up the "black screen of death" the macs show when they crash. I find it absolutely hilarious when apple bashes anything MS, free advertising and certainly a clear message to the majority of the world that apple and their users are just too good for everyone else. As we all know, that really works. LOL!

The so called BSOD windows icon is an excellent sense of humor from Apple which is being made even funnier by the rants of commentators who are all against it as bad-taste and offensive! Sweet jaysus. Get a life guys.

Personally I think its stupid. Really stupid. When Apple started their 'mud slinging' campaign against Microsoft/Windows I started to really have a distaste for them. Its not funny, its childish.

Isn't the BSOD screenshot on the icon from Windows 98? I don't see it as a huge deal, but OSX isn't the end all be all either,

Leopard is basically just Apple's Vista - a decent upgrade, but nothing earth-shattering, with a couple of pointless transparency tweaks thrown in.

1759 said,
Isn't the BSOD screenshot on the icon from Windows 98? I don't see it as a huge deal, but OSX isn't the end all be all either,

Leopard is basically just Apple's Vista - a decent upgrade, but nothing earth-shattering, with a couple of pointless transparency tweaks thrown in.

Yes it is, because the NT blue screens have a massive amount of information on them compared to the 9x kernel's Blue screens

God sake, it's just a bloody icon!! I can't believe people take this so seriously and are actually offended by this. It's truly pathetic. It's just a joke. sheeeesh. It's actually quite funny how people "cry" over this.

Really - who cares?

I thought it was funny because instantaneously you recognize which machines are from the "all too familiar bsod" family.

I've never used Mac and I find this pretty funny... Anyone insulted by something as pointless as this needs to reevaluate a few things.....

LipSmacker said,
I've never used Mac and I find this pretty funny... Anyone insulted by something as pointless as this needs to reevaluate a few things.....

couldnt have said it better myself. if this insults you, even the LITTLEST bit, you seriously need to consider suicide as a viable option

jesse said,

couldnt have said it better myself. if this insults you, even the LITTLEST bit, you seriously need to consider suicide as a viable option

Isn't it funny tho' - the way the Windows fanboys are complaining about this, they look exactly like the dull, humourless dolts that Apple has shown in their "Switch!" videos.

Perhaps the videos aren't all that far from reality.

It should be quickly pointed out, that this icon only appears for a Windows network device that's become disconnected. It is not the default icon for all Windows devices.

whistlerxp said,
You're wrong, it's the default icon for all connected Windows machines.

Well my Creo RIP shows as a 30" Cinema HD display icon and its running XP Pro. Maybe ExtremeZ-IP has something to do with that and appletalk :P.

I think it's cool that some Mac users actually think Apple were wrong to put that in and decided to show people how to remove it, the correct way.

Kudos to the author of the original article!

Well my take on it is this. For me, OSX is a better OS than Windows. Thats just my opinion and I don't entirely expect lots of Windows users to agree with that but.. for me, its better. So looking at it from that perspective, one might apply the analogy of the driver of a sporty car catching up with some guy who drives a that is not quite so sporty, only to roar past to PROVE that his car is better by rubbing it in the other guys face. Whats the point. It just makes you look like an asshat.

And in this case it only fans the "Apple users are eliteist" flames. Which really doesn't help anyone.

As far as i'm concerned the quality of the product speaks for itself, and doesn't need to employ cheap shots like this. In fact I wish Apple would just drop the Microsoft goading all together.. they should be past that now.

Well I think it's hilarious. No point getting upset and questioning whether it's news-worthy, surely.

redmosquito said,
i agree, not so funny, but is this REALLY worth FRONT PAGE NEWS?

...i dont think so...

Use that quality bar under the article!

I think i'll be doing this when I finally get Leopard installed. I love Apple stuff but totally agree with what has been said about this. It is a cheap shot, and un-necessarily smug and its not like Apple's dont crash.

I can't help but wonder if this was some sort of oversight by Apple devs and they just forgot to take this out before it went into GM?

Its pretty sad either way.