The story of the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ desktop theme—and what it looks like today

Like Windows XP itself, Microsoft's 'Bliss' image of rolling green hills has aged, and evolved. Here's its story— and what the real-world site looks like today.

Editor's Note: PCWorld originally published this story in 2014. This year, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of Charles O'Rear's iconic photo in 1996, which became the basis of the Windows XP desktop wallpaper. Microsoft first published Windows XP on Oct. 25, 2001. The vineyards are still there, greener than ever after the fall rains.

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Mark Hachman

Mark Hachman

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