Windows The Avengers
|Crusty Windows bootleg|
|Original OS||Windows XP SP3|
|Release date||September 20th, 2013|
|Author||Ayman Mohamed of thetwinsrab|
|Country of Origin||Egypt|
|File size||658 MB|
|Date added||December 12th, 2021|
Windows The Avengers (also known as Windows 10 The Avengers and Windows Th E Avengers) is a bootleg Windows XP SP3 edition, which was created by Ayman Mohamed of thetwinsrab. It released in September 2013, and was added to the archive on December 12th, 2021. It is known for having a comically bad installer and theme, and for possibly birthing various bootleg offsprings.
The bootleg is a modified Windows XP SP3 ISO. As the name suggests, the OS is themed after the Marvel movie The Avengers, specifically the 2012 film. Appropriately, the OS comes with several themes based on that movie (along with some other unrelated themes). By default, the theme is set to an Windows 7 Aero-esque style complete with transparent borders and effects. The bootleg has a WPI with extra software, like many others. It is unattended, and preactivated.
Despite the fact that the OS itself is in English, several pieces of software bundled with the OS comes in Arabic.
The ISO was made using nLite 126.96.36.199, and the autorun (including WPI) was made with AutoPlay Media Studio 188.8.131.52.
Changes from Windows XP SP3
- The setup OS text is changed
- The Windows XP installer has been heavily modified if not entirely replaced
- The default theme is similar of that to the Windows 7 Aero theme
- The background has been replaced with a promotional image for the Marvel movie The Avengers from 2012, slightly altered to include the author's name
- The "logging on" screen has been replaced with Marvel characters
- The "Computer", "Network", "Recycle Bin", "Control Panel", and user folder icons have all been changed
- "My Computer", "My Documents", and "My Network Places" have been renamed accordingly to have "Avengers" in them
- Various system elements have been altered to be larger and changed to have Marvel characters
- The icon size has been made larger
- Perfect Uninstaller 184.108.40.206
- Unlocker 1.8.5
- Media Player Classic 220.127.116.11
- Virtual Magnifying Glass 4.0
- WindowBlinds 5.1 (cracked)
- UberIcon 1.0.4
- Adobe Flash Player 11
- Chrome 28
- QQPlayer 3.7
- IDM 6.17 (cracked)
- Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0
- CCleaner 3.04.1389
- Skype (in Arabic, 18.104.22.168)
- UltraISO 22.214.171.12450 (cracked)
- WinRAR 4.20 (in Arabic, cracked)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Browser Extensions and Themes
Chrome Avengers Plus
- AdBlock 2.6.4
- Calculator 1.5
- Facebook Album Browser 1.0.11
- YouTube Options 1.8.126
- There are a few known bootlegs that are forked from this one.
- Installation can take a while to install.
- There is an executable file on the desktop that gives you instructions on how to use the bootleg.
- When you open up the C: drive in Explorer, there is a custom background image present.
- The ISO seems to have initially started development on September 5th, as seen from the large chunk of updated files from the earliest time period that's not from the stock ISO. Development halted a bit on the 6th, as seen from the 2 files from that day, where THEMEUI.DLL was updated (presumably, from when the 'Patch uxtheme' option in nLite was ticked) and DEFLTWK.INF was updated (probably, related to one of the nLite options the author had modified that affected that file), but was picked up again on the 9th, as many critical system files were updated around this time. Then, followed by an 10 day period, where a grand total of 2 files (SYSDM.CPL and SHELL32.DLL) had been edited, the bootleg was finished on the 20th, as seen from the last file being modified which was WINNT.SIF.
- Some other things of note: The earliest edited file that's not from the original stock ISO is "WINNTBBU.DLL" from August 16th of the same year, where the setup graphics had been modified, and the latest edited file that's not in the root of I386 is "The Avengers programs.exe" in SVCPACK of the same folder. In it, it contains the additional software package that gets extracted to the WINDOWS directory during Setup, which is accessible from the desktop on the first boot.