Easter Eggs in Windows 10
30th March 2018 - Duncan McClean
Windows 10 is the latest in the line of Microsoft's operating systems. In fact, it's actually going to be the last.
Instead of new operating systems, Microsoft will release feature updates to Windows 10 twice a year.
As it is Good Friday, I thought I would share some of the easter eggs in Windows 10.
1. The 'con' folder
Did you know that you can't create a folder with the name 'con' in Windows.
The reason behind this is that it references things to do with 'System Actions' or devices. You can't create folders with themes names either: AUX, CLOCK$, NUL, and CON1.
2. Active the secret 'Retail Mode'
Warning: Do Not try this at home as it will erase all of your personal data and apps.
The hidden Demo Mode in Windows 10 clears all of your settings, documents, and applications and provides you with the same experience you would see in stores.
To enable it, go to the Settings app and navigate to the Update and Security section. Then click on the Activation page.
Click on 'Windows 10' at the top of the screen five times. You should now see a prompt asking you if you would like to enable Retail Mode. If you wish to, click 'Change'.
3. Easily find documents
If you have documents in many folders it can sometimes be hard to find them. In Windows 10, you can search for the file format and it will display all of your files of that specific file format.
For example if I wanted to find all PowerPoint files, I would search '.ppt'.
4. Dark Mode
If you would prefer that your Modern apps had a black background instead of being white then this is for you.
To enable Dark Mode, go to your Settings app and navigate to the Personalization section. Then click on the 'Colours' page. At the bottom of the page, you can choose whether you would like to use the 'Dark' or 'Light' mode.
5. Star Wars Movie
Alright, two things, one this is not actually part of Windows itself and two, you don't really get the whole movie (or at least not in the way you have before).
The first thing you need to do is open the Run window. You can do this by pressing the Windows key and the 'R' key at the same time.
When the Run window opens, type in 'C:\Windows\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe'. Then press enter.
In this window, click on the checkbox next to 'Telnet Client'. Now you can close this.
Again, open the Run window by pressing both the Windows key and the 'R' key at the same time. This time, type in 'telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl'.
Now you should see one of the Star Wars movies being broadcast to you via a black and white command line.