Watch Star Wars in Windows 10/8/7 using an old trick

You can unlock an old hidden trick on your Windows computer. Fans of tricks on Windows operating systems will doubtlessly be aware of being able to watch Star Wars movie in ASCII using the Telnet service. Despite the trick being well known in earlier versions of Windows, if you’ve been trying to find it in Windows Vista and later versions, you may have ended up a little lost. The reason is that by default Telnet is turned off.

The Telnet Client is used to connect to a remote machine by using the Telnet protocol. It allows a computer to connect to a remote Telnet server and run applications on that server.


To enable Telnet, go to Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows Features on or off, then select Telnet Client check-box and click OK. You do not need to check the Telnet Server box.

Switching them on takes a little time, so be patient. Once its switched on, you will see a message Windows completed the requested changes.  Close the window.

ASCII Star Wars on Telnet in Windows

Now from Start Search type Telnet and hit Enter for the telnet.exe result.

In the window which opens, type o (small O) and hit Enter. Next type and hit Enter.

Star Wars in Windows

Sit back and enjoy your own personal rendition of an ASCII version of Star Wars.

Star Wars in Windows telnet

Do remember to turn off, Telnet Client, after you are done seeing the animation, if you don’t need it anymore.

Take a look at some of these interesting Telnet tricks.

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