Watching Star Wars in Command Prompt: 5 Steps (with Pictures)

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Watching Star Wars in Command Prompt: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
Watching Star Wars in Command Prompt: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
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Have you ever watched Star Wars and thought, "This is great, but I wish I could see the movie animated in alphanumeric characters"? Well, thanks to some fans and with the help of the Telnet connection program, you can watch Episode IV converted to letters, numbers and symbols. Quickly skip to step 1 to learn how to do it.

Steps

Watch Star Wars on Command Prompt Step 1

Step #1. Open Command Prompt

You can open a command prompt window by clicking ⊞ Win+R and then typing cmd. Windows 8 users can also press ⊞ Win+X and then select Command Prompt from the menu.

To view the ASCII version of Star Wars you must have a working internet connection

Watch Star Wars on Command Prompt Step 2

Step 2. Install Telnet

Most newer versions of Windows no longer automatically include Telnet, which is the program needed to view the ASCI version of Star Wars. This applies to Windows Vista, 7 and 8. You can use Command Prompt to install Telnet if you are logged in as an administrator.

  • Type pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient" and press ↵ Enter
  • Enter your admin password or confirm you want to continue if you already have admin access.
  • Restart Command Prompt. You can exit Command Prompt by typing exit or by clicking the cross in the corner of the window.
Watch Star Wars on Command Prompt Step 3

Step 3. Launch Telnet

Now that Telnet is installed, type telnet into a command prompt window and press ↵ Enter. This will launch the Telnet interface.

Watch Star Wars on Command Prompt Step 4

Step 4. Open a connection

In the Microsoft Telnet window, type o and press ↵ Enter. The line now changes to (to).

Watch Star Wars on Command Prompt Step 5

Step 5. Enter the address of the ASCII version of Star Wars

Typetowel.blinkenlights.nl and press ↵ Enter. After the first titles, the ASCII version of Star Wars will begin. Enjoy it!

Tips

  • Once Telnet is installed on Windows you can open the "Run" window by pressing ⊞ Win+R and typing telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl. Then you don't have to open Telnet from Command Prompt.
  • You can connect to the same address with Telnet programs for OS X and Linux.

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