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A lot of programmers will put what is called an “Easter Egg” in their software. Think of these as the hidden menus you find on so many DVD’s these days, or a pocket you just found in that bag you’ve had for years. Some of these are functional, some are for fun, and some are outright mistakes (for this post’s purpose, we’ll classify them as fun Easter eggs.)

In this article we will find some of those Easter eggs embedded within Windows software.

Most of these Easter eggs/tricks/tests only work in XP. Rumor has it that Microsoft strictly requested developers to not include Easter eggs in Windows Vista.

Windows XP & Vista

1. Certain Types of folders cannot be created.

The reason for this is that the following words are reserved words in DOS. Try and create a folder with any of the following names:
PRN, AUX, CLOCK$, NUL, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, and LPT9

2. Random Letters

  • Open Microsoft Word and type =rand (200, 99)
  • Press ENTER

Many view this as a bug. Simply, it is not a bug, it is a way of populating a text file with random words for testing purposes. Change the two numbers i.e. (100, 10) for different lengths of text. The first number is the number of paragraphs and the second is the number of sentences in the paragraph. Useless, but worth a try!

3. Notepad Trick

  • Launch Notepad, Type .LOG on the first line, and then press Enter to move to the next line.
  • On the File menu, click Save As, give any name as you like and save the file and close it.
  • Open the file again, you’ll notice that that the date and time have been appended to the end of the log.

Windows XP Only

4. “0″ Blank File, and Clock AVI File

Go to My Computer and then go to \C:\WINDOWS\ In this folder you find a text file named “0″. If you open it, nothing will be in there, hence the filename “0″.

There is also an AVI file named “Clock”. You can open it in Windows Media Player. It’s a very simple and plain animation. Not really sure why it’s there – I’m guessing it was just left in by Microsoft developers.

5. Conspiracy?

1. Open an empty notepad file
2. Type “Bush hid the facts” (without the quotes)
3. Save it with any file name.
4. Close notepad.
5. Re-open the document to see what happens.
Seems like a conspiracy; however, in notepad any other 4-3-3-5 letter word combo will have the same results. For example: “Take” (4) “The” (3) “Bus” (3) “Today” (5) etc.

6. “Quotes” in windows XP

There is a file in Windows XP called “quotes”. Open My Computer and go to: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\etc Open the file named quotes in notepad then look at the quotes put there by the Microsoft developers!

7. Win Solitaire Every time

This is fun once… Press Alt + Shift + 2 while playing and see the cards drop.

Calculator Internet Browser

This one comes from iateabanana2 – a visitor to the site. This works with Windows XP, but not with Vista.

  1. Open the calculator
  2. Click help then help topics.
  3. As soon as the new window is open and loaded, right click on the top left and select “jump to url” delete whatever is in there then type http://(address)

Flight Simulator in Excel 97

Want to see the credits of Excel 97 in a flight sim-like fashion? Didn’t think so, but do it anyway.

  • Open Excel 97 (doesn’t work in later versions)
  • On a blank worksheet, press F5
  • Type X97:L97 and press Enter
  • Press the Tab key once
  • Now hold down Ctrl and Shift and left-click the Chart Wizard toolbar icon

Click here for a screenshot if you don’t have Excel 97. Otherwise, try it for yourself as a fun surprise.

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  • Bertie

    Interesting – I didn’t know about any of these!

  • Bertie

    Interesting – I didn’t know about any of these!

  • Bertie

    Interesting – I didn’t know about any of these!

  • z.Yleo77

    ?????

  • z.Yleo77

    ?????

  • z.Yleo77

    ?????

  • [AnubiS]

    Estan bien, pero seria bueno que no usuaran la traduccion de google para publicar las cosas, sobre todo porque algunas de las cosas que aparecen aqui no tienen ningun sentido y no se entienden en lo absoluto…

  • [AnubiS]

    Estan bien, pero seria bueno que no usuaran la traduccion de google para publicar las cosas, sobre todo porque algunas de las cosas que aparecen aqui no tienen ningun sentido y no se entienden en lo absoluto…

  • [AnubiS]

    Estan bien, pero seria bueno que no usuaran la traduccion de google para publicar las cosas, sobre todo porque algunas de las cosas que aparecen aqui no tienen ningun sentido y no se entienden en lo absoluto…

  • Rich

    AnubiS – Gracias por sus comentarios. Tengo la traducción allí apenas a ayudar a poblar hacia fuera con palabras difíciles. Sin embargo, realizo que la traducción está lejos de perfecto.

  • http://www.mintywhite.com Rich

    AnubiS – Gracias por sus comentarios. Tengo la traducción allí apenas a ayudar a poblar hacia fuera con palabras difíciles. Sin embargo, realizo que la traducción está lejos de perfecto.

  • http://www.mintywhite.com Rich

    AnubiS – Gracias por sus comentarios. Tengo la traducción allí apenas a ayudar a poblar hacia fuera con palabras difíciles. Sin embargo, realizo que la traducción está lejos de perfecto.

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  • Harsha

    Hey… I tried to get the Quotes File.. Was no such file in my Machine..
    Guess what?.. I even reinstalled XP to check… Same..
    Please someone, can u check this easter egg out?… If yes, please could u send me the file over?…

  • Harsha

    Hey… I tried to get the Quotes File.. Was no such file in my Machine..
    Guess what?.. I even reinstalled XP to check… Same..
    Please someone, can u check this easter egg out?… If yes, please could u send me the file over?…

  • Harsha

    Hey… I tried to get the Quotes File.. Was no such file in my Machine..
    Guess what?.. I even reinstalled XP to check… Same..
    Please someone, can u check this easter egg out?… If yes, please could u send me the file over?…

  • Rich

    A few people said they have it and a few haven’t so far. Sorry it’s not on your build :(

  • http://www.mintywhite.com Rich

    A few people said they have it and a few haven’t so far. Sorry it’s not on your build :(

  • http://www.mintywhite.com Rich

    A few people said they have it and a few haven’t so far. Sorry it’s not on your build :(

  • Danna Haynes

    Very cool

  • Jim

    No “quotes” file on my XP machine, but I do have Excel 97. Pretty cool! I couldn’t read the credits (too small — couldn’t zoom in enough), but it was still entertaining.

  • Jim

    No “quotes” file on my XP machine, but I do have Excel 97. Pretty cool! I couldn’t read the credits (too small — couldn’t zoom in enough), but it was still entertaining.

  • Jim

    No “quotes” file on my XP machine, but I do have Excel 97. Pretty cool! I couldn’t read the credits (too small — couldn’t zoom in enough), but it was still entertaining.

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  • no1

    I knew some of these. But some of these are very interesting….it sucks that I don’t have Excel ’97…crap

  • no1

    I knew some of these. But some of these are very interesting….it sucks that I don’t have Excel ’97…crap

  • no1

    I knew some of these. But some of these are very interesting….it sucks that I don’t have Excel ’97…crap

  • Anonymous

    None of these are easter eggs. Some of them is just undocumented functionality/limitations. Most are just bugs.

    Do some research on the COM thing, those are device blocks used for legacy purposes. The rest are glitches or undocumented functionality. All of them are a demonstration of Windows suckage.

  • Anonymous

    None of these are easter eggs. Some of them is just undocumented functionality/limitations. Most are just bugs.

    Do some research on the COM thing, those are device blocks used for legacy purposes. The rest are glitches or undocumented functionality. All of them are a demonstration of Windows suckage.

  • Anonymous

    None of these are easter eggs. Some of them is just undocumented functionality/limitations. Most are just bugs.

    Do some research on the COM thing, those are device blocks used for legacy purposes. The rest are glitches or undocumented functionality. All of them are a demonstration of Windows suckage.

  • Leigh

    By “none” I assume you don’t actually mean “none” as it is implied in the English Language.

    You are ignoring the Flight Simulator in Excel 97?

  • Leigh

    By “none” I assume you don’t actually mean “none” as it is implied in the English Language.

    You are ignoring the Flight Simulator in Excel 97?

  • Leigh

    By “none” I assume you don’t actually mean “none” as it is implied in the English Language.

    You are ignoring the Flight Simulator in Excel 97?

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  • Mel

    So…why hasn’t windows patched these well documented bugs?

  • Mel

    So…why hasn’t windows patched these well documented bugs?

  • Mel

    So…why hasn’t windows patched these well documented bugs?

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