Where is the full version of the music that plays when you start Windows 98 for the first time?


A customer was presumably exercising the unlimited support part of their support contract when they asked, "Where is the full song for the music that plays when you start Windows 98 for the first time? The Welcome application plays only the first 30 seconds. Can you send us the rest of the song?"

I guess the IT department really likes that music and wants the extended dance remix for their late-night raves. (If you stick it out, there's a special appearance in the linked video of the screen I wrote.)

The music was commissioned to be 30 seconds long. There is no extended version of the song, or at least not one that Microsoft acquired the rights to. The original composer could have written a five-minute version and sent Microsoft only the first 30 seconds, or maybe the piece is only 30 seconds long to begin with. All we know is that we have a 30-second music clip.

Comments (23)
  1. anonymouscommenter says:

    "We're paying for MS support, so let's troll them with anything that comes to mind."

    Hilarious.

    Although them actually having paid for a one-off support ticket is an even better mental image.

  2. anonymouscommenter says:

    I thought that they wanted to full song to the startup-music:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch

  3. anonymouscommenter says:

    @Dennis: That's XP, not 98. You mean http://www.youtube.com/watch

  4. anonymouscommenter says:

    That audio file really needs to be a default ringtone option for Windows Phone.

  5. Dennis: They stipulated "for the first time" though.

    Although if you want an agrotech remix of the Windows XP tunes there's "Open Window" by Noisuf-X: http://www.youtube.com/watch

  6. IanBoyd says:

    Having moved from 3.1, to NT 3.1, to NT 3.5, to NT 4, to 2000, to XP, i never knew such music existed. I do remember something about "Start me up" for Windows 95 launch event; but i didn't know Microsoft continued the tradition into later Win9x releases.

    I know Windows XP had the song [Like Humans Do](https://youtu.be/GuY4FR-bmGY) tucked away.

  7. anonymouscommenter says:

    I miss canyon.mid being included with Windows.

  8. @Myria: Agreed.  It does still come with MIDI files though, oddly enough.

  9. anonymouscommenter says:

    I probably never heard it because the sound driver always had to be installed yet.

  10. anonymouscommenter says:

    Personally, I was very fond of the introduction video of the "Interactive CD sampler" that was included on the Windows 95 CD. I did not like the Windows 98 version of the CD sampler, though. m.youtube.com/watch

  11. anonymouscommenter says:

    I still remember discovering the Windows 95 extras and coming across Hover!, which was a lot of fun.

    As far as music, I still like the synthy Windows XP setup music (http://www.youtube.com/watch aka Title.wma), which feels nice and relaxed.  I think I only heard it once or twice during actual installs though, as I usually didn't have sound drivers yet :(

  12. anonymouscommenter says:

    I never knew there was music during setup!  I probably installed Windows XP 100 or more times.  I'm sure it was the lack of sound drivers during setup that made me miss the files.... or, sometimes, the fact that I might not have plugged in any speakers until after setup was done.

  13. anonymouscommenter says:

    This was bundled with Windows 95 to demonstrate the new multimedia features. It was heavily posterised and dithered, and my powerful "developer" PC stuttered badly when playing it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch

  14. T. West says:

    On the other hand, it took a few years, but I eventually tracked down (pre-Internet) the music on the original Guided Tour of Macintosh that I received with my first Mac.  I bought Liz Story's CD that featured the music they used on the Guide, then the rest of her oevre, and eventually a large number of the Wyndham Hill (the label) CD's.

    So, yes, there are people who end up really loving the music based on the clip included with the product...

  15. anonymouscommenter says:

    Wait, are we saying that nobody tried to track down the original composer (or the nearest equivalent) and estimate the fee for acquiring or composing the rest of the song?

  16. anonymouscommenter says:

    @Paul Coddington Your 1995 powerful "developer" PC was running in 8 bit colour?

  17. anonymouscommenter says:

    @Boris: Yeah, this seriously needs some eager researches like the guy who found the location of the Windows XP autumn wallpaper: http://www.vanityfair.com/.../autumn200702

  18. anonymouscommenter says:

    @DebugErr: but surely if someone makes use of "Support! Un-limited support!" for this purpose, a good customer service representative is expected to run with the joke to its logical conclusion.

  19. anonymouscommenter says:

    I got very familiar with Title.WMA, because our IT guy was often required to reinstall Windows XP on laptops. And he couldn't mute it, because the keyboard driver in Setup didn't include support for the laptops' volume control keys.

  20. @T. West: Liz Story and Windham Hill are great stuff.  Narada's also published a lot of excellent music as well.

  21. Brian_EE says:

    @John Elliot - your IT guy wasn't smart enough to plug a set of cheap earbuds into the laptop's headphone jack?

  22. T. West says:

    @MNGoldenEagle - Thanks!  I'll look Narada up.

  23. anonymouscommenter says:

    Since we're sort of talking about weldata.exe, I'll go ahead and ask:

    How come Raymond's name isn't listed in the Windows 98 easter egg/credits screen? IIRC he was still considered important enough to be listed in the Windows 95 easter egg.

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