Windows XP Easter Egg - Force Win and New Options in Solitaire (All Windows Versions)

To use this egg you will need a program called ResHack, to edit the resorces in Sol.exe. Reshack is a freeware program available to download at http://www.users.on.net/johnson/resourcehacker/

Ok, now when reshacker is installed, open it up, and open up sol.exe. This will open the resorces for sol.exe. In the menu on the left side, Expand "String Table", Then expand the folder "64", Then click on 1033. You will see in the window on the right that there are three strings, "Heck i dont know", "Prepare solatair for Screenshot" and "Force Win". Notice the numbers at the bigining of them. These will be used to make the egg visable in Solitaire. Here are the numbers:

1008, "Heck, I don't know"
1009, "Configure Solitaire for screen shots"
1010, "Force a win"

Now, to add these to the menu, Expand the menu folder, expand 1, and select the file iside. This will display the strings that make up the menu at the top in solitare. Select the entire text in this box, and replace it with this:

1 MENU
LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
{
POPUP "&Game"
{
MENUITEM "&Deal\t F2", 1000
MENUITEM SEPARATOR
MENUITEM "&Undo", 1001
MENUITEM "De&ck...", 1002
MENUITEM "&Options...", 1003
MENUITEM SEPARATOR
MENUITEM "E&xit", 1004
}
POPUP "&Help"
{
MENUITEM "&Contents\t F1", 65506
MENUITEM "&Search for Help on...", 65507
MENUITEM "&How to Use Help", 65508
MENUITEM SEPARATOR
MENUITEM "&About Solitaire", 2000
MENUITEM "&Egg 1", 1008
MENUITEM "&Egg 2", 1009
MENUITEM "&Egg 3", 1010
}
}

Now, click the compile Script button at the top of the screen. Now save sol.exe. When you next launch solitare, open the 'help' menu. There will be 3 new options, "Egg1" "Egg2" and "Egg3". Egg 1 and 2 do nothing, but Egg 3 will let you win instantly. Egg 2 makes the picture freeze so that publicity shots can be taken (when the cards fall). The auther of solitar, Wes Cherry, Left the strings in when he made solitaire for Microsoft, and so the "Eggs" can be re-enstated into Solitare, they just need to be uncovered!

Good Luck

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Contributed By: FileMan on 11-17-2003
Reviewed By: Webmaster
Special Requirements: Reshack, Solitaire
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Comments

wjb2008 writes:
There's actually an easier way to do this. In ResHacker, I noticed that there was an accelerator key under the heading "hidden accelarators" or something of the sort. One of them, SHIFT + ALT + 2, automatically invoked Force Win. So you don't need to change anything, or even have resHacker, just use SHIFT + ALT + 2. However, I was using Windows 2000 Pro. It may be different on other versions.
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Hot Shot writes:
This is cool... select and drag any card to another card which it may legaly be placed onto. while dragging and while you have the card on top of the other, without unclicking, hit Esc. now click on any other card or row of cards and... well you'll see.
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hackman writes:
Even better make a new CHEAT menu. 1 MENU LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US { POPUP "&Game" { MENUITEM "&Deal\t F2", 1000 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "&Undo", 1001 MENUITEM "De&ck...", 1002 MENUITEM "&Options...", 1003 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "E&xit", 1004 } POPUP "&Cheat" { MENUITEM "&Heck, I don't know", 1008 MENUITEM "&Freeze", 1009 MENUITEM "&Force A Win", 1010 } POPUP "&Help" { MENUITEM "&Contents\t F1", 65506 MENUITEM "&Search for Help on...", 65507 MENUITEM "&Help about Help", 65508 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "&About Solitaire", 2000 } }
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I prefer to do it this way- you get a more organized and logical menu: 1 MENU LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US { POPUP "&Game" { MENUITEM "&Deal\t F2", 1000 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "&Undo", 1001 MENUITEM "De&ck...", 1002 MENUITEM "&Options...", 1003 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "&Egg 1", 1008 MENUITEM "Free&ze", 1009 MENUITEM "&Force Win", 1010 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "E&xit", 1004 } POPUP "&Help" { MENUITEM "&Contents\t F1", 65506 MENUITEM "&Search for Help on...", 65507 MENUITEM "&How to Use Help", 65508 MENUITEM SEPARATOR MENUITEM "&About Solitaire", 2000 } } Thus, they appear under the 'Game' menu (a better place for them), you get a separator in there, and the menu items tell what they do.
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Jake_Davis writes:
It is possible to get at least 15k bonus points. 1. Use SHIFT+ALT+2 2. Press a button. When it asks to deal again, select no. 3. Step 1
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ST writes:
About that crazy Esc card trick, it's interesting to notice that you can create Freespace-esque setups.
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Sean writes:
I don't know whether this is a WinXP specific thing, but while I was looking in ResourceHacker for sol.exe I found a dialog box that asked me what game number I wanted, I don't know whether it is possible to make a menu item for this dialog box but it would be good if you could!
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Unfortunately, SHIFT+ALT+2 and CTRL+SHIFT+F10 are cut off in the Vista release of Solitaire.
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This site is about hidden "Easter Eggs" in software, dvd's, applications, etc. It isn't a site that should allow postings of things that have to be hacked. It kind of defeats the purpose behind the website. Think about it
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eugene2x writes:
Can't you just press Alt + Shift + 2? Why go through all the hassle?
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Scottman writes:
The previous egg works in Freecell, not Solitaire
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Don't know if this still works in XP, but on older versions of solitaire, you could press CTRL+SHIFT+F10 to bring up a dialog box that asked you if you wanted to win or lose
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