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A source told me that WinNT has 60 million lines of code. Can you verify if that's in the ballpark?

I need to verify a statement made during an interview regarding the number of lines of code in Windows NT. A source told me that WinNT has 60 million lines of code. Can you verify if that's in the ballpark? I'm also curious if that number has substantially changed with Windows 2000.
From what I have heard, the 60 million line number is high. The only time I've heard Microsoft talk about lines of code was in an article around the time Windows 2000 shipped. The numbers that Brian Valentine or Jim Allchin used were somewhere around 30 millions lines of code for Windows 2000. If I remember correctly, that was 5-10 million more than Windows NT.
This was first published in October 2001

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