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When I look at my referrers list, I am amazed at the number of people who still search for this abandoned Microsoft product and find my post on Microsoft's April Fool MSDN RSS listing.  (Hint for all you searchers --- it was a joke.  The program was not posted for download.)

I was reminded of this today by reading Dvorak's latest column on “The Bottom 10: Worst Software Disasters.”  There, proudly at #10, is Microsoft Bob version 1.0a.  In case you did not know, Microsoft Bob 1.0a combined the contents of Bob 1.00 and the Bob 1.0 Plus Pack to give you "all of Bob" in one package.

If you need a dose of Microsoft Bob overload, check out this Everything Bob page as well as this one.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how the author says Bob lived (lives) on.

Update 1: OK! OK! OK!  I'm still getting too many hits on this silly software.  Give it up people!  Someone actually got this Bob thing to run under Virtual PC.  Check out his blog entry here under the title Microsoft BOB lives!

Update 2: Let me try to make this clear. Microsoft Bob is Dead.  Dead as in no longer designed, programmed, produced, distributed or sold.  If you want it, you need to have Windows 3.0 or 3.1 as well as the hardware that could run it.  You also need the Bob software.  Look for Bob on eBay or at a computer show/swap meet.  I do not believe anyone would be caught selling it publicly again.  I fixed the Everything Bob link as well as adding another.

Update 12/30/2010: It has been over six years since I posted this.  All good things come to an end, so I am disabling comments now.  Have fun, if you can, in you BOB World.

Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 9:17 AM Humor and Fun , & Etc. | Back to top


Comments on this post: Microsoft Bob = Abandonware

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What's with the 'everything bob' page? It has nothing to do with bob!
Left by Bex on Dec 11, 2004 9:22 AM

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Where can I find Microsoft Bob version 2.0 or 1.0a?
Left by xynnia on Dec 11, 2004 9:23 AM

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Bex: Web pages sometimes change their location. I found it again in about a minute from the site's main page.

Xynnia: I added some details for you in Update 2. Good luck. I have no knowledge or interest in trying to find a copy of such useless software.
Left by Mark on Dec 11, 2004 9:51 AM

# re: Microsoft Bob = i got original cd
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i am currently holding the 'Microsoft Bob' cd in my hand as we speak (lol). It says 'Essential Programs for Everyday Home Computing', 'For distribution only with a new PC', 'Microsoft Windows(TM) COMPATIBLE', '(C) & (P) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.' '1294 Part No. 578xxOEM', 'compact disc CDRM128xx70'.

It used to work on my old computer with Windows XP, but no luck with my new Dell one. Theres some error regarding MS-DOS.
Left by anonymous on Mar 02, 2005 3:28 PM

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I wonder if it would work under WINE in linux....Just need to find myself a copy!
Left by linuxgeek on Mar 04, 2005 8:45 PM

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download on winhistory.de
Left by Xammer on Mar 18, 2005 9:11 AM

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check it easybit Magic Desktop !!!.. and say good bye microsoft bob..
Left by Hunter on May 23, 2005 7:51 AM

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you can pick up a copy of microsoft bob at www.retroware.com its used, and 35 bucks, but well worth it for any bob enthusiast.
Left by sarge on Jul 22, 2005 11:01 AM

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Heh heh, Big ol' burrito...Butt of Bill.......

I found a copy, am gonna play around with it.
Left by Kitsune on Jul 24, 2005 11:24 PM

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Do you think Microsoft would offer support on this if you called? LOL!!!
Left by Johnny on Jul 26, 2005 6:15 PM

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Yeah I rememeber Disemboming an old Acer Computer Aspire that was running an early version of Windows 95, and BOB ontop of it. What a laph, and to think this computer & its carp works software was so called top of the line, Both Microsoft and Acer suck ass anyway, not tomention this stupid program that got in my way ever time I turned it on... yuck, and to think good ol' Microsoft wantted to rip off the public 99 bucks for it... F^&& That!
Left by MShatered on Sep 05, 2005 9:20 PM

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I have BOB on windows XP and it is fun and working perfectly.
Left by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2005 5:25 PM

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You do not have to have Windows 3.1, it was also designed for Windows 95 and as noted by the previous poster it works perfectly on XP as well.
Left by Jim on Dec 30, 2005 11:38 PM

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you can make it run under windows xp... but how do i know that????
Left by whiskeyfrances on Jan 31, 2006 7:10 PM

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Hello --

I just wanted to say that if it wasn't for this website, I would have given up on my search for Microsoft Bob. I thought that there was no one in the world that remembered that this program existed. Thank you so much for the recommendation for winhistory.de. I have the file downloading onto my computer right now.

Thanks so much!
(and also thanks to Google since this site came up when I searched)

Peace out.

- UpOnTheShelf@aol.com
(Rockford, Illinois)
Left by UpOnTheShelf@aol.com on Feb 02, 2006 11:11 PM

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IN the TWIT podcast #43, Dvorak made mention of Bob. Oh, it's funny to hear.

To subscribe to TWIT, just point your podcast reciever to:

leo.am/podcasts/twit.xml
Left by TWIT Army Member on Feb 27, 2006 7:17 AM

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Thank you so much for the recommendation for winhistory.de.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY Microsoft Bob from here: http://www.winhistory.de/downloads/dateien/MSBOB.EXE

Regards. // Peace 4 All…
Left by Florin Eugen Ionescu on Mar 26, 2006 9:46 AM

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Oh my gosh!
It's interesting to find i misses Bob and so many people that missed Bob too!
Left by unique on May 11, 2006 10:23 PM

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Is this gued o' no'
Left by Some Guy on May 28, 2006 11:15 AM

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I have found a site where i can download Microsoft bob its cool i have win xp i can run it in the url place is the link to this.AScroll down and there is a categorie windows downloads there is Microsoft bob
Left by hehe on Jun 12, 2006 9:49 AM

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Bob runs perfectly fine on XP even at a resolution of 1280x1024, with no tweaks needed, just can't use the mail (mci mail).
I think it's a blast, but not worth $99. Reminds me of the old Packard Bell Navigator (not to be confused with Netscape Navigator)
Left by Friend of Bob on Jul 28, 2006 8:30 AM

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I just want to say that I miss Bob so much. Looking at screenshots of the program just a minute ago brought back waves of nostalgia that I haven't felt in a very long time. I used this program when I was in middle school, and I haven't forgotten about it. I'm really glad that there are others that miss this program! Sadly, I moved to a Mac platform, but I need to find a cheap PC to run this program on again!
Left by Josh Gerritsen on Oct 25, 2006 12:20 AM

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Damn it. Where the link for Microsoft Bob 2.0?

I need it to complete it with my laptop.
Left by Lucan on Jan 13, 2007 12:50 PM

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Here is the link they posted above to get it.

http://www.winhistory.de/downloads/dateien/MSBOB.EXE

I think this is corny, but it will make my girlfriend extremely happy. But hey, she thinks allot of the old school stuff I'm into is corny too. So it's all good, cause "nobody beats the Biz"!

The funny thing is that this is illegal. Everyone else is trying to rip Vista, Office 2007, IE7, Media Player 11, but we are trying to rip Bob. LMMFAO!!!

Hey Gates, if I get busted, bust me me out.

We rock.
Left by SlabTzu on Feb 08, 2007 1:21 PM

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the website is in german and i cant understand it and the link seems to be expired. Also, I DL-ed it put it wont bring up the program...
Why is this?
Left by .... on Apr 26, 2008 2:59 PM

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Thanks for the download link for Microsoft Bob software. I've been looking for this for a long time, since it's already out of print. Yeah, it brings some nostalgia to me. At least now I can use this anytime I want. I don't care if it's outdated. This is an example of the good old times. Thanks guys! :)
Left by The Enigma on Jul 02, 2008 8:52 PM

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You dumb fuck that wants bob v2.0, what the hell is the matter with you, THEY NEVER FUCKING MADE BOB VER2.0!!!!
HENCE THE FUCKING NAME ABANDONWARE!
Left by Fuckyouman on Jul 09, 2008 9:34 AM

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I realy want to have microsft bob it seems so happy
Left by mmm on Jul 19, 2008 6:25 AM

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No, Bob is still with us - Its now called Mojave and the people who tried it like it better than Vista.
Left by JLM on Jul 31, 2008 3:25 PM

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Is this the forum for Microsoft Bob users?
Left by rita on Aug 02, 2008 9:22 PM

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@rita: No. This is a personal blog where I obviously made a mistake in posting something silly about the stupid Microsoft Bob. I would recommend CP/M over Bob any day. Can't you people just give it up already?
Left by Mark on Aug 02, 2008 9:52 PM

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Give what up, it works perfectly except for a few things here and there because it is not compatible with modern microsoft software like outlook, etc. Here is the download link. Scroll down until you see it.

http://www.winhistory.de/downloads/downloads.htm

I got it running on my xp laptop decked out with StarDock widgets etc. It also works on my Vista believe it or not!

Not only that, this is where it really works perfectly and looks really nice. I got a DOS emulator running on my Pocket PC and I got MSBob running on it. It is possible to program your PPC to automatically start MSBob. Show this to the right woman and she will do what ever to get a hold of your PPC, lol.

If this woman was home schooled through this program back in the day, run away and dont look back no matter how cute and adorable she is. You dont want anything to do with her idiotic baba dna genes.

Trust me.

God damn f*ck*ng MSBOB.
Left by SlabTzu on Aug 18, 2008 6:11 PM

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Here is the new MSBOB.EXE Address

http://www.winhistory.de/downloads/dateien/msbob/MSBOB.exe

Frebib
Left by Frebib on Nov 25, 2008 2:45 PM

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I found MS Bob on some Japanese site. Couldn't read the whole page so clicked around and got the download. It runs fine on xp and 95. For some reason it is "Gateway 2000 Edition." Don't know why they would have a whole different version for a gateway.
Left by GameGeek on Mar 21, 2009 3:52 PM

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I have been using MS Bob's Household Manager\Video Collection to catalog my movie collection for 14 years.
Left by WGL on May 25, 2009 3:36 AM

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Winhistory.de link is dead.

Strange enough the Internet Archive's copies of this file are also obliterated.

I found it on another site searching for msbob.exe

I think this technology was the premise behind Learn2.com, who created the 7thLevel.com Actimates toys before they got slammed by a lawsuit from Israeli toymaker rival Creator, Inc, who had the same idea but got it patented first.

Still you can see some of the influences that went into Learn2.com in this program. For the baffled, here's a trip back into Learn2.com's timeline: http://web.archive.org/web/19961220084128/http://learn2.com/
Left by Robert Roehm on Nov 04, 2009 4:37 AM

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Where is the download?

Winhistory does not support the download any more.

I found a few websites that may help

http://www.btmon.com/Applications/Unsorted/Windows_MSBOB.EXE.torrent.html

http://www.torrentz.com/45afd69c9e7fdceab51e4ca53b26d5b65fcbb0c9

Let me know if these work because I did not want to make an account for www.torrentz.com but it could work.

GO BOB

PS. SOMETHING WEIRD

I have windows 7 and i searched something in the search box (I typed in "word") and then I accidently punched my keyboard and this message started typeing in the search box attomaticly (This is what it said WORD FOR WORD) "First, you need to make sure you have full administrative permissions on your machine. Then, go to the Start menu and enter “W.0.w.B.0.b.” (note that those are Zeros not Os) while holding down the Alt key. Then, set your system time zone to “Cairo”. The next time you reboot, type in the same phrase backwards and you’ll be in the Windows Bob environment, complete with all of the original features. Once BOB is activated you can set your clock back to your regular time zone.

Surprisingly, the new version of BOB has been updated to include integration with Outlook 2007, so you can actually see your calendar entries and e-mails in the BOB organizer. Post back and let me know which character is your favorite. Personally, I like Scuzz the Rat". ISINT IT WEIRD

I tried this but it did not work.

Left by AH on Mar 31, 2010 3:37 PM

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I while I was searching, I found a version of MSBob, Here it is http://rapidshare.com/files/75752829/msbob.rar
Left by Alex Benitez on May 08, 2010 8:48 PM

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The password for that file is "AKW89" :)
Left by Aaron on May 23, 2010 3:13 PM

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I have tertiary syphilis.
Left by Microsoft Slob on Jun 02, 2010 3:04 AM

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Ages ago I worked at Microsoft and got to see the beautiful animations and characters being created for Bob 2. When it was canceled we picked over the bones trying to reuse some of the art work for another project. It was kind of sad, not that I think Bob was a great or even a good concept, just that the animators and illustrators had created some fabulous work that never saw the light of day.
Left by Fiona on Jun 28, 2010 3:13 PM

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where s the download link for microsoft bob then????
Left by joe on Sep 05, 2010 11:19 AM

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http://sendspace.com/file/5xn18v

seems to work on XP just fine; could not get it to work on windows 7
i would put it in program files instead of the root of c:\
Left by giver of bob on Oct 10, 2010 4:45 PM

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