11 Weird Windows Bugs and Easter Eggs You Have to See

When Microsoft launched its Trustworthy Computing Initiative in 2002, it began removing Easter Eggs. However, there are a number of hidden features and strange bugs in Windows that are almost as good as real Easter Eggs.

While most Windows errors are annoying, some are actually quite entertaining. Do you want to go on a journey with us to discover them?

Easter Eggs in Windows 7 to Windows 11

Unless otherwise specified, the Easter Eggs listed below will work in all current versions of Windows.

Mode de Dieu

This hidden Windows feature debuted with Vista and remains one of the most useful.

God Mode, also known as Windows Master Control Panel, reveals a surprising overview of all Control Panel options in a single folder. You’ll love this trick if you still use the Control Panel on a regular basis!

To enable God Mode, make a new folder and name it with the following string of characters.

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

And there you have it: your master control panel is now operational.

Please note that the term “GodMode” can be replaced with any term of your choice.

CMD Code for Star Wars

One of the coolest command prompt Easter Eggs is the Star Wars CMD code. It is also compatible with any operating system that supports Telnet and has a terminal or command line, including Windows 10. However, before you can use the command, you must first enable Telnet.

In Windows 10, press Windows + Q, type telnet, and then choose Turn Windows features on or off from the list of options. Scroll down to the Telnet Client entry, check the box, and then click OK. Wait for Windows to finish making the changes you’ve requested, then click Close.

USE THE VIDEO OF THE DAY

It’s finally time to have some fun with Telnet! To open the command prompt, press Windows + R to open the Run menu, then type cmd and press Enter. Execute the following commands:

telehack.com telnet

StarWars

It’s time to sit back and enjoy Star Wars in ASCII characters.

Slide to Turn Off

In the C: WindowsSystem32 folder, Microsoft hid an EXE file called SlideToShutDown. This alternate method of shutting down Windows was first introduced with Windows Phone and then expanded to Windows 8. It’s useful for turning off tablets, but it also allows you to shut down Windows on your desktop.

When in tablet mode, try pressing the power button for 3-5 seconds, and SlideToShutDown will launch automatically. Create a shortcut to this shutdown option if you’re using Windows on a desktop.

Dialer for Phones

Since Windows 95, there has been a dialer app that allows you to make a phone call using your computer’s phone port (if available). This utility can only be started by directly calling the executable. Press Windows key + R, type dialer.exe, and then click OK.

Windows 3.1 Explorer, released in 1992.

The original Windows 3.1 File Explorer is still in use. No, I’m not referring to the downloadable, open-source version that Microsoft made available through their store.

I’m referring to the Windows 3.1 traces that you can find on your computer right now; no download is required. Here’s how to go about it.

Look for an application called ODBC Data Source Administrator.

In this program, press Add.

Select the field with the words “Microsoft Access” in the title on the following screen. Then, under Database, select.

Would you take a look at that? A little piece of Windows history hidden behind a Data Source Administrator.

The Beast’s Identification Number

Doom 95 was the first version of the game Doom for Windows. The number 666 was used in the game as a reference to The Number of the Beast. And port 666 is still reserved for Doom to this day.

To see for yourself, navigate to C: WindowsSystem32driversetc and open the services file in Notepad.

Explorer’s Exit

Exit Explorer is a hidden option in the Windows 10 Taskbar context menu.

While right-clicking an empty space on the Taskbar, hold Ctrl + Shift. (If you’re using Windows 7 or earlier, try right-clicking the Start Menu and holding down Ctrl + Shift.) Exit Explorer should now be the very last item in the Taskbar context menu in Windows 10. This option allows you to exit Windows File Explorer without using the Task Manager.

Folder Naming and Renaming

If you try to make a folder called CON, you will notice the following:

When you try any of the following names, the same thing happens:

PRN, AUX, LPT# (where # is a number), COM#, NUL, and CLOCK$ are all valid values.

All of the preceding names are reserved for device names, which means they cannot be used as file or folder names, regardless of file extension. This is a DOS relic that has found its way into all versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

Easter Egg in Microsoft Word

This is not a bug, but rather a useful hidden feature. In Microsoft Word, enter the following: = rand (5,10)

Microsoft Word should generate 5 paragraphs of text with (in theory) 10 lines (in my example, one line is missing). It’s just a dummy or placeholder. And, depending on the numbers you choose, you can make it appear in a plethora of additional paragraphs and copies. To display only one placeholder sentence, use =rand(1,1). = rand is another name for the trick (200,99).

The text will differ depending on your Office version and primary system language. With English as the primary language, you’ll see the iconic sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” in Microsoft Word 97 through 2003, which contains all letters of the alphabet. The default text has been taken from a Word tutorial since Office 2007, and it has also changed from Word 2013 to Word 2016. In Word 2007, 2010, and 2013, type =rand. Old () and press Enter to bring back the iconic sentence.

If you prefer the standard Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet placeholder text, type =lorem(X) to get X paragraphs of it.

It is important to note that the Replace text as you type feature (File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > AutoCorrect tab ) must be enabled for this feature to function.

Easter Eggs in Windows XP

Microsoft has addressed a few of the strange bugs we’ve discussed in the past. Here are two that didn’t make it into later versions of Windows.

Bush Kept the Facts Hiding

This Windows Notepad bug does not work in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 10, but if you still have Windows XP, give it a shot.

Start Notepad and enter the following sentence: Bush hid the truth.

Now save the file as whatever you want, close it, and reopen it. What do you notice?

If you did this in Windows XP, you’d see some strange Unicode or Chinese characters, as shown in the screenshot above.

This bug is explained by the Windows function “IsTextUnicode.” The combination of one four-letter, two three-letter, and finally one five-letter word results in mojibake; Windows believes it is dealing with Chinese Unicode and encodes the document as such when you save it. When you reopen the document, Chinese characters appear instead of the sentence you entered.

Bug in Windows Solitaire

Another bug that appears to be fixed in Windows 7 is as follows. Please give it a shot if you have Windows XP.

To begin, launch Solitaire and press the following key combination:

Shift + Alt + 2

The game ends right there, and you see the cards fall to the front as they do when a game is successfully completed.

In Windows, have a Happy Easter Egg Hunt!

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