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[Update: The answer is Windows 2000. (We also accepted Windows ME or Windows Millennium Edition.) Thanks to everyone who played and congrats to our winner Rahul Manekari, who not only knew those answers but also knew the various beta releases and internal Windows projects in which the sound was used.]

This week’s Name that Tech Tune contest — a regular feature of the GeekWire radio show and podcast — involves a sound you’ve probably heard before, from Microsoft’s Windows operating system … but it has probably been a while.

So here’s the test: Can you identify the Windows version, and the nature of the sound? If you’ve never played the contest before, here’s how it works: Listen to the tune below, and if you think you can identify it, send your answer to


It might be tougher than you think, because it proved to be a stumper during the segment on the show this week. Here’s the segment, with myself and my colleague John Cook, and in-studio guest Jon Bach of custom computer maker Puget Systems. (The segment also provides some clues as to which Windows version it’s not.)


Do you know it? Send your answer to From the pool of correct answers, we’ll select one winner. Our prize this time is the book “I’m Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59.” (Yes, we probably should be giving away a Microsoft-related book, considering the subject of the contest, but we happen to have an extra copy of this one to give away. Just think of it as ironic.)

We’ll announce the answer and the winner on the show next week.

Stay tuned for the full show later this morning on GeekWire. We’ll be recapping the crazy week in technology news, and talking with Jon Bach for PC buying tips and other inside secrets of the computer world. Also tune in on 97.3 KIRO-FM at 7 a.m. this morning and 1 p.m. Sunday.

By the way, the answer to last week’s Name that Tech Tune was Angry Birds — as many of you knew, of course. Congrats to our winners (selected at random from the pool of correct answers last week) Rob Stevenson and Jason Halsey, who’ll be receiving limited-edition GeekWire laptop stickers as a prize.

Thanks for playing everybody!

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