Windows 7 – Enable Telnet

It’s very rare that I use Telnet these days, so it took a long time for me to notice that by default it was not packaged with Windows 7. I did some research and found out that this was also true for Windows Vista. More than likely this was an attempt to make Windows more secure by default, as Telnet is very insecure and whenever you have the choice you should always use SSH. However, with that being said, you can quickly re-enable Telnet by following these steps:

  1. Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Programs And Features
  4. Turn Windows features on or off
  5. Check Telnet Client
  6. Hit OK

After that you can start Telnet via Command Prompt.

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200 Responses to “Windows 7 – Enable Telnet”

  1. manoj says:

    great awesome ….. u understand our problem easily

  2. BullyB says:

    thank you man!!!
    very helpfull… kiss!

  3. singh says:

    u are genious

  4. Fahim says:

    Thanks man… great…


  5. GregB says:

    Thanks for placing this info on the web where we can find it!
    Much appreciated.

  6. Tapash says:

    Thank you, very much.

  7. ida says:

    This was helpful! thank you!

  8. AllanJones says:

    Thanks dude, I often use telnet in my programming subjects. 🙂
    I can now send Email and browse the web. XD

  9. dreaMone says:


  10. Fahad says:

    thanks you so much for this support 🙂

  11. Tiolobito says:

    so that’s why i could use telnet… tnx mate

  12. Harshada Rane says:

    Thank You, Its So useful, coz i spend lot of time on that

  13. Amir Idrisi says:

    Thanks for ur Support.

  14. Ramesh says:

    Thanks! and gr8, its very help full :))

  15. abdoulaye says:

    Thansk a lot very straight forward thank u sooo much

  16. Gamer says:

    Could somebody help me?
    When I tried to change this option, an error message appeared that says unalble to confirm the changes.Then,:Would you like to restart your computer?Sh*t! I use Win7 Built 7600 Home Premium HUN.
    Please if somebody has any sollution, send me!
    I don’t mind if somebody know another commander which has telnet and supported under win7.

  17. xThierry says:

    Merci beaucoup de la part d’un francophone du Québec (Canada)

  18. amrinder says:

    thank cool boy u must be hacker also

  19. virender sharma says:

    Lovely it’s great.. its a very easy way to resolve the Problem..


  20. Nathan says:

    Thank you… I learned something… God bless..

  21. jacky says:

    Don’t know what to say … ” Thanks a lot man “

  22. Raito says:

    thhank youu !! Finally someone understands!

  23. David says:

    Note that I did not have to restart my win7 laptop .

    I just did as instructed and closed my command prompt ( for general principles ) and started telnet to my company machine no problem .

  24. Nilesh says:

    Thanks a lot Boss.

    It really helps

  25. Al says:

    Thanks! I use it rarely too and your instruction worked in a snap!

  26. George says:

    Thank you much! Right to the point and spot on!

  27. Imran Khan says:

    thanks buddy you r a real tech geek……….

  28. JKGNH says:

    Thank you, very helpful

  29. Nilesh says:

    Thank you it was very helpful!!!

    Sharing knowledge is win win attitude!!!!


  30. sullijwiii says:

    Thanks, you were right, when you needed it, it wasn’t there.

  31. vp says:

    thanks buddy.

  32. tariq says:

    thanx buddy its really helpful

  33. Scott says:

    So easy to follow and just what I wanted to know. Thanks a bunch of bananas!

  34. ebi says:

    thanks alottttttttttttt
    very very helpfull

  35. Nausher says:

    Thanks a lot brother

  36. tarun says:

    thanx yaarrrrrrrrrrr

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