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.