Tip of the Day: The Panther Folder Mystery
I’ve always wondered about the Panther directory myself. Perhaps this bit of trivia might also satisfy others with similar curiosity.
The top rated answer appears to be the following:
“Panther” was the code name for the new setup/servicing engine that first shipped in Windows Vista. I think the intention was to change the folder name to something more generic before Vista shipped but the path became baked into too much code to safely change in time to ship.