With Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft introduced customisable user account pictures. This then led to some issues.
“Windows XP is racist. It put a picture of a kung fu fighter next to my name – just because my name is Chinese. This is an insult!”
– The Old New thing blog: The martial arts logon picture
So with Windows Vista, the kung fu fighter was gone. To be replaced with fairly innocuous images.
Windows 7 is released, and the flower is replaced by an androgynous user picture.
Which then led to complaints about gender and racial diversity. “It’s a male!” “It’s a person of colour!” “It’s ageist”.
Fixed in Windows 8 and later. Microsoft went bland.
After the read more, there is a list of images from each Windows release; from Windows XP to Windows 10.