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Windows 7 – Enable Telnet

June 14, 2009

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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  1. Awesome thanks Bud! this was VERY helpfull as i have to telnet into modems off my Satellite HUB and windows7 just won’t do it, till now!:-)

  2. Thank you for this. Saved me the wasteful downloading of a 3rd party telnet client when one was there all along!

  3. Thanks a lot.
    That was most helpful. Now I don’t have to get Putty every time I have to perform some simple telnet operations.

  4. Hey thank you so much…you saved my trouble of going through various forums.Got my windows upgraded to 7 from XP recently and was in a fix that it won’t support telnet.And before i could scratch my head off, I landed at your post. 🙂

    Thanks again!!

  5. Many thanks… just upgraded (pah!) to Win 7 at work for testing our stuff (I’m a QA) and some useful stuff ahd disappeared… I use telnet a lot for cahnging defaults on some of our devices…. now where did Hyperterm go, I’m bound to have to reset one of the routers soon…..

  6. When they take features OUT of Windows I wouldn’t be proudly putting my hand up and say
    “Windows 7 – was my idea” as per current Advertising campaign

    Thanks for the tips, honestly surprised as to how many OTHER features have also been disabled.

  7. i figure you’ve had enough praise…


    no but seriously, thanks. job well done.


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