Windows Vista Easter eggs

Vista's hidden secrets

In every Windows Operating system that has ever been made there have always been some hidden secrets for you to find, Windows Vista is no exception and some little quirks can be found if you know where to look.

I have found a few but I know there are a lot more and I will add them after I find them and test them out.

The default boot screen of Windows Vista is a black screen containing just a progress bar and the text "Microsoft Corporation". Those of you who are tired of this boring default look of the Windows Vista Boot Screen, can enable the hidden boot screen.

Aurora Boot Screen

Here is how you can enable the Aurora Boot Screen in Windows Vista:

1. click on the start orb and type in "MSCONFIG" in the searchbox and press Enter

2. once the System Configuration tool loads, click on the Boot tab

3. under Boot Options check "No GUI boot"

4. click apply and then OK and restart your computer to see the new boot screen.

Sounds and Hidden Music

1. Press Win logo key and R. Then it will open Run.

2. Type in "Media" (without quotation marks)

3. It will get a folder of Windows sounds and hidden midi music.

My favorite hidden song is "Town".

What Time is it?

Open notebook, then type in" .LOG" (all caps without quotes)

Save using any file name and on the scroll down menu choose all files.

Close out notebook, open the file again and you will find the date and time.


This one is pretty cool

Go to start menu, then all programmes, then accessories, then command prompt.

When the screen comes up type in "ribbons.scr /p65552" (without the quotes) you should also try these ones too.

"aurora.scr /p65552" (without the quotes)

"bubbles.scr /p65552" (without the quotes)

to close these screens you will then require to open the task manager (Ctrl, Alt and delete keys at the same time and close the programs in end task.)

These are all I could find for now but when I find more I will add them.

If you know of any others please feel free to let everyone know using the comments box below.

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

I have saved your very valuable points.

Thanks for great Ub, as always what else can one expect?

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Aman deep Garg 9 years ago

Great Hub,Keep it up.

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Isabella Snow 9 years ago

Almost makes me wish I had a PC. ;)

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manoharv2001 9 years ago from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India

Year by year, countries all over the world started to recognise Christmas as the day for celebrating the birth of Jesus.

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munroenet 9 years ago from Paso Robles

you can also go to notepad and type what you want to do and then save it as a .bat file. Then reopen it and it should start that process or operation.


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CTCV GLOBAL 9 years ago from Cebu City, Cebu Province

Very good information. Thanks for the hub. Have a nice day.

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Cathy 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

very cool!! my favorite is definitely flourish....

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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

Glad you enjoyed guys.....jimmy

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craigan 8 years ago from United States

Very cool!

Tech 8 years ago

Good tips.

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Junkster 8 years ago from Liverpool, UK

wow, must try some of these. thanks for the tip!

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newcapo 8 years ago

awesome tips, thanks

Gaurav 8 years ago

"aurora.scr /p65552" (without the quotes)

I ran this and the entire screen gave that nice wavy look. HOWEVER I was not able to Go to the Task Manager.

Had to reboot :o(

I have not tried:

"bubbles.scr /p65552" (without the quotes)

XpanD 8 years ago

Nice finds! To end the screensavers, just press ALT+F4 though. You don't need the task manager. :)

What is the /p65552 part for, by the way?

Name 8 years ago

Try putting this in notepad


echo del %1 >> egg2.bat

egg2 egg.*

del egg2.bat

Then saving in a directory with egg.txt as egg.bat.

Execute the file and egg.txt will be gone.

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webllinks 8 years ago from Michigan

Just when I thought I want to switch to Macs. Great hub. Thanks for the info!

doc 8 years ago

I typed "aurura /p65552" instead of "aurora /p65552" and got something completely different from the one with the "o". In my .02, it's actually cooler!


doc 8 years ago

oops I meant to type the .scr so try out:

aurura.scr /p65552

doc 8 years ago

sorry, I guess that's not right either...scratch all that!

star wars 8 years ago

every1 knows the old ester egg star wars movie on xp well its on vista go to controll panel programs and features click turn windows features on/off(left panel) select telnet option let them install it will take a few mins then do the norn in serch type telnet enter then o and enter the 10secs later it will run

Rezzy 8 years ago

dude.. the star wars thing is not a windows Easter egg.. IS running a Telnet server that his that setup... you can do it from any telnet client on any os... Even linux.

Ben Johnson 8 years ago

Those are some of Vista's screen savers, try using other screen savers in place or "ribbons" "aurora" or "bubbles", like "mystify"

blank blank 8 years ago

you can also try mystify.scr /p65552

Joe 8 years ago

for the ribbons one try mystify.scr/p65552

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brad4l 8 years ago from USA

Very cool. It is always neat to find all the little easter eggs the programmers add to software and games.

Russ 8 years ago

Just wondering why the /p65552. played with other #'s either it didn't like my HD4760 vid card or something... glitched me out and had to reboot... so was curious about the #'s

Areef 8 years ago

Just an info: You need not bring task manager to close the screen saver, just use the Ctrl+(F4) combination to close the screen saver like you close any other active window.

blob 8 years ago

try "aurora.scr /t" , "bubbles.scr /t" , "ribbons.scr /t" , "mystify.scr /t" without quotes and it will open in and a window.

do not know 7 years ago

town sounds like sonic the heghog

JJ 7 years ago

/p on the end is the process for the screen saver to attach to. The number after is the pid (Process ID) of the desktop.

Don Largo 7 years ago

If you run bubbles.src from the Start Box you get bigger bubbles!

Ned Mitchell 7 years ago

Here is another desktop one to be entered in cmd;"ssText3d.scr/p65552" pretty boring though. ned

Christopher 7 years ago

If you go to C:\Windows\system32 then type ".scr" into search, look at the screensavers that come up. Then type into CMD the name of the screensaver then " /p65552". This is present in many of the screensavers avaiable

Dawwy 7 years ago

If you have problem with screen savers and closing them have unsaved notepad with something in it open. Then press ctrl + alt + delete and choose reboot option. You will actually not get reboot and delete saver ;p

kai 7 years ago

in reply to what christopher said, you can just doube clck on them and it will open, also when youmove your mouse it exits it.

Piet Pomp 7 years ago

If you can't get your task manager to open simply use alt + F4 to remove the screensaver....

someguy 7 years ago

I thought it kinda sounded like sonic too. IT MAY BE.

SteveGreg 7 years ago

Create a new folder on your desktop

Name the new folder:


Clicking your shiny new icon will result in a new window that gives shortcut access to the myriad of configuration and administration utilities in Windows

Ed Wood 7 years ago

To Exit them you can press alt F4 also

you may have to pull up the bar @ the bottom of the screen with the windows key and click on the program that you want to close

guest 7 years ago

don't use godmode with 64x vista ;it crashes

guest 7 years ago

It works with Windows 7 as well.

Rick 7 years ago

God easter egg I have ever seen

rik 6 years ago

godmode is awsome!

Homer T. Nacho Cheese 6 years ago

You could do this and it still works:


This is not an Easter Egg. You are just calling the All Tasks shell. This does not give you the ability to do anything that you could not do before.

Maybe one good use is that you can create a shortcut to a specific task within the folder.

T3ch Guy 6 years ago

Another one you can type is

ribbons.scr /p65552

Roudan 6 years ago

For those of you who do end up naming a file "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" in 64x, you'll find that Windows Explorer will continuously crash. You will need to remove this file in order to stop explorer from crashing. The problem is (in my case anyway) that the file seems to vanish from the desktop!

A simple way to find this file and delete it is to do the following;

1) Press 'Ctrl + Alt + Delete' and then click on 'Start Task Manager'

2) Go to the 'Applications' tab in the task manager and then click on 'New Task...' located at the bottom right of the task manager.

3) Click 'Browse'

4) Click 'Desktop' from the list on the left of the browse window.

5) Type or copy and paste "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" into the search bar located on the top right side of the browse window.

6) Right click on the file that is displayed, click 'Delete' and then confirm that you wish to send the file to the recycle bin.

Problem solved.

Chris 6 years ago

I try ctrl+alt+delete, but taask manager flickers and i cant see it. I try the windows key, but the screensaver seems to override everything! (its still there, just flickery and impossible to use)

Allyssa 6 years ago

It doesn't let me play any of the music... What should I do to fix this?

6 years ago

I'm not sure how much of an easter egg this is but if you browse the cursors there are ones like walking dinosaurs, a playing piano, a banana peeling and being eaten-you can choose these and replace your normal mouse with these.

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Jerrico Usher 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Good Stuff Here! I especially liked the ribbons :)

darkamian 5 years ago

in vista 2007 i opne the start menu and in the search bar i type a screen saver name such as bubble.scr and it immediately loads it

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Guyana Masala 5 years ago from New Jersey

I love it...

Now can you tell us how to get the teapots back in the pipes screen saver when running Vista? lol

Rico 4 years ago

type 'windows' button (next to Alt Gr) and 'é' (button with 2 and @)

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