Windows ‘Star Wars’ Telnet Command-Line Trick



Long, long ago in a Microsoft OS far, far away… comes something that nearly all computer nerds will love. Using Telnet, any computer with Telnet can watch a command-line version of Star Wars: A New Hope. While this isn’t necessarily new, it is still somewhat obscure. Here’s an easy guide on how to do it using Windows.

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1: XP users can skip this step as it only applies to Windows 7 and Vista. For Windows 7 and Vista users, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On and Off. From the list, check the box next to “Telnet Client.”

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2: Open Command Prompt. Go to Run, type cmd, and hit Enter.

3: In Command Prompt, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and hit Enter.

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4: There you have it. As an added bonus, there is a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the opening screen if you look closely.

I am a technology enthusiast who’s first major computer experience was with hacking the Sony PSP. I am an Apple Dev, and I’m currently studying Computer Programming and 3D Animation.

  • Mark Heil

    I don’t think this has anything to do with Windows. ANY computer with a Telnet client can see this, as it is a telnet address.

  • Austin Ritchie

    Mark,
    Thank you for your comment. While I was researching this the majority of sources labeled this as an easter egg. I will change it. :)

  • Ancient One

    Welcome to 20 years ago when this was first found.

  • Austin Ritchie

    To do this on Mac (and Linux?), open Terminal and type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl 23” (minus the quotes) and you can do the same thing.

  • twelve

    Um, this works on every OS with a telnet client. That’s, like, all of them.

    Also, you don’t need to put the 23 after the address. 23 is the default telnet port.

    Word.