Bob Pony OS Beta 1

Bob Pony OS Beta 1
Crusty Windows bootleg
Setup in the graphical phase
Setup in the graphical phase
Original OSWindows XP SP3
Release dateApril 16, 2016
AuthorBob Pony
CountryUnited States
Architecture(s)x86 (32-bit)
File size271.3 MiB
Download linkBob Pony OS Beta 1.iso
Date addedDecember 2021?
Live CDNo

Bob Pony OS Beta 1 is a bootleg Windows XP SP3 edition, which was created by Bob Pony. It released on April 16, 2016, and was added to the archive in December 2021.

There were multiple betas of this bootleg released, the other being Bob Pony OS Beta 2 which is based on Windows 7.


The bootleg is a modified Windows XP SP3 ISO. It adds Bob Pony branding, as seen in the name. It adds a brand new shell (which is supposedly intended to make using the OS easier), and one theme. It is broken as it will not proceed past the boot screen. This is probably due to either nLite's own error, or an error on the author's part.

It is preactivated. The ISO was made using nLite on Windows 8 or higher (nLite uses deprecated version checking APIs and was never updated to use the new ones, therefore "or higher" was specified).

Changes from Windows XP SP3

Minor changes

  • The text-mode setup OS text is changed to "Bob Pony OS"

Changes in pre-desktop procedures

  • The Setup now uses the Windows 2000 style

Look and feel

  • A new VB.NET shell like in Beta 2 is included, which replaces the default shell
  • 1 new theme included



  • This bootleg is broken. It will not proceed past the first boot most of the time, and if it does, the custom shell will fail to load due to missing .NET Framework, which it requires and is not pre-installed.

Bootleg quirks

  • The bootleg is supposed to come with the Zune theme, but the files for it do not exist, even though they are still specified in TXTSETUP.SIF (where the Setup reads from to know what files to copy).

CD contents and other info

  • The CD label is set to "BOBPONYOS".

WINNT.SIF metadata

  • The organization is set to " Network".
  • The computer name is set to "BPOS-PC".
  • The workgroup name is set to "workgroup".