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Windows Vista Easter eggs

Updated on October 14, 2008

Windows Vista

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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      Rico 5 years ago

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

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      Guyana Masala 6 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

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      darkamian 6 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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      Jerrico Usher 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Good Stuff Here! I especially liked the ribbons :)

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      7 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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      Allyssa 7 years ago

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

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      Chris 7 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)

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      Roudan 7 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.

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      T3ch Guy 7 years ago

      Another one you can type is

      ribbons.scr /p65552

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      Homer T. Nacho Cheese 7 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.

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      rik 7 years ago

      godmode is awsome!

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      Rick 7 years ago

      God easter egg I have ever seen

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      guest 7 years ago

      It works with Windows 7 as well.

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      guest 7 years ago

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

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      Ed Wood 8 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

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      SteveGreg 8 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

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      someguy 8 years ago

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

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      Piet Pomp 8 years ago

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

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      kai 8 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.

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      Dawwy 8 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

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      Christopher 8 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

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      Ned Mitchell 8 years ago

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

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      Don Largo 8 years ago

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

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      JJ 8 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.

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      do not know 8 years ago

      town sounds like sonic the heghog

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      blob 9 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.

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      Areef 9 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.

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      Russ 9 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

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      brad4l 9 years ago from USA

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

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      Joe 9 years ago

      for the ribbons one try mystify.scr/p65552

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      blank blank 9 years ago

      you can also try mystify.scr /p65552

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      Ben Johnson 9 years ago

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

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      Rezzy 9 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.

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      star wars 9 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

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      doc 9 years ago

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

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      doc 9 years ago

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

      aurura.scr /p65552

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      doc 9 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!


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      webllinks 9 years ago from Michigan

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

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      Name 9 years ago

      Try putting this in notepad

      @ECHO OFF

      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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      XpanD 9 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?

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      Gaurav 9 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)

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      newcapo 9 years ago

      awesome tips, thanks

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      Junkster 9 years ago from Liverpool, UK

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

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      Tech 9 years ago

      Good tips.

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      craigan 9 years ago from United States

      Very cool!

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      James Paterson 9 years ago from Scotland

      Glad you enjoyed guys.....jimmy

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      Cathy 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

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

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      CTCV GLOBAL 10 years ago from Cebu City, Cebu Province

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

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      munroenet 10 years ago

      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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      Manoharan 10 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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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Almost makes me wish I had a PC. ;)

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      Aman deep Garg 10 years ago

      Great Hub,Keep it up.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      I have saved your very valuable points.

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