Meet the Guy Who Took the Most Famous Desktop Photo of All Time

TIME

Microsoft finally killed off support for Windows XP this week, but the company decided to wax nostalgic about one of the most memorable parts of the operating system—that serene, hilly landscape that serves as the default XP desktop background.

In a video released on the day the tech company officially ended support for the 13-year-old software, Microsoft interviewed the man who took the photograph, called “Bliss.” Charles O’Rear, a former National Geographic photographer, said he was driving through Napa Valley, just north of San Francisco, when he decided to stop and snap a photo of the idyllic countryside (on an old-school film camera, no less) in 1996. A few years later, Microsoft commissioned the photo for Windows XP. It was a stark departure from the typical abstract designs or monochrome color schemes that are typically used on desktop backgrounds. O’Rear said the company flew him to their offices to deliver…

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