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Watch ASCII Episode IV Of Star Wars In Windows 10

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars Episode VII, it is only fair to re-watch the original series, why not take this chance to watch Star Wars in Windows 10?

This Easter egg has been around since the days of Windows XP, and it is possible to replicate in Windows 10 too! Albeit you have to go through one minor detour to make this possible, you aren’t a true Star Wars fan if you haven’t seen Star Wars Episode 4 in ASCII!

I know a lot of you might be surprised at learning about this, so lets get to the point.

STEP 1:

Press Windows Key + S and search for the Control Panel.

Opening the control panel.

 

STEP 2:

Click on Programs

Clicking on programs.

From here, you have to click on “Turn Windows Features On or Off

Turning Windows Features On / Off.

STEP 3: 

You will get a new box showing you the following options, navigate down until you find Telnet Client. You will check the box, and click on OK. Should UAC ask for permission, permit it to run.

Turning on Telnet client.

STEP 4:

Now comes the important part, run command prompt which ever way you wish. You can bring it up by using Windows Key + R and typing in cmd, or Windows Key + S and typing in cmd.

How to watch Star Wars in Windows 10

When you see the prompt, simply type in the following line of text as is, including the space between Telnet and Towel.

Telnet Towel.blinkenlights.nl

Once you press enter, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime!

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NOTE: While the title says Windows 10, this is possible to replicate on any OS after Windows XP by following the above steps, the main focus should be on enabling the Telnet Client, which most commonly is done in Vista, 7 and 8 the same way.

With the above step, we have now reached the end of the guide on how to watch Star Wars in Windows 10.

The reason we went through activating the Telnet client should now be apparent. In Windows XP, Telnet client was accessible without any barriers, but of course, re-enabling it is absolutely essential for this to work.

Keeping in mind that the entire movie is being presented in ASCII, you can rest assured that you will be glued to your seat for two to three times the original run time of the cinematic masterpiece.

Keep in mind, that there are no bathroom breaks in between. You won’t be able to pause, rewind or otherwise interact with the movie once it starts.

If you are brave enough to watch the entire movie in a single sitting without a bathroom break, the force is indeed strong in you and you deserve a seat on the Jedi council!

  • Guest

    “this is possible to replicate on any OS after Windows XP by following the above steps”. To my knowledge, Windows Vista, 7 and 10 are the only operating systems in the World that don’t have a telnet client ready to go. So it’s possible to replicate on any OS since around 1970 to the present day, with no additional software to install.

    To run the above on your Linux or Mac computer, simply open the Terminal app and run: telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

    On Android and iOS, simply download any of the hundreds of telnet clients available and run the above command.

  • Dogsworth

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Windows, and in fact was created by a UNIX engineer. Plus this is older than the Internet. Talk about late to the party.

  • PseudoSmilez

    How do I see part 2?