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How to Fool Your Friends With a Fake OS Update Screen

Ben Stegner 18-07-2016

Sometimes, you just need to play a practical joke on someone’s computer 10 Hilarious Practical Joke Ideas to Play on a Friend's Computer Want to mess around with your friend's computer no matter the time of year? Catch them off guard with these fun computer pranks. Read More . Maybe it’s flipping their screens, inverting the mouse buttons, or changing their wallpaper to a slideshow of Fabio — whatever you choose, it’s important to goof around and have fun once in a while.


If you’re a prankster at heart, you can now trick your friends with real-looking update screens from After opening the site, you can choose to display the update install screens for Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

Additional options include the Windows 10 upgrade screen (the free upgrade for which is about to expire What Happens If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10? What happens if you don't upgrade to Windows 10? Here are your Windows 10 update options so you can stay current. Read More ), a Mac OS X startup screen, and install screens for SteamOS and Ubuntu.

Clicking one of the choices will open a real-looking update screen in a new page, complete with animations. You’ll want to press F11 to put the browser in full screen mode for the most realistic experience. Then, all you have to do is wait (and keep a straight face)!

The “updates” never finish, so you can see how long your friends try to wait the process out. As an added bonus, pressing Enter on any screen will bring a fake blue screen of death (or the Mac/Linux equivalent on those screens), leading your victim to think that their system crashed.

If you’re devious, you could make even pull up one of these screens yourself, pretending that your computer is updating so you “can’t work.” That wouldn’t be responsible, though!


Having actual issues with updating your computer? Here’s how to easily fix Windows Update issues How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More when they occur.

Do you think your friends would fall for these screens? Let us know where you’ll try them out below in the comments!

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Related topics: Prank, Windows Update.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Could somebody recommend a laptop robust enough that I could use it to bludgeon an annoying git unconscious without it suffering major damage to vital components?

  2. Anonymous
    July 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    This could cause the over-cautious to freak out and overreact, thinking they have suffered a malware attack--or a Windows 10 update. But I repeat myself.