Windows 11

Enabling Telnet in Windows 11

March 10, 2023

Well Windows 11 is finally official and we’re starting to see some pre-releases being leaked. Never one to wait I managed to get my hands on a copy and started playing around with it. Turns out, one of my favourite old tools is disabled out of the box. But don’t let that stop you, you can easily re-enable it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu and type “Control Panel” in the search bar. Click on the “Control Panel” app from the search results.
  2. In the Control Panel, select “Programs” and then click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  3. Scroll down the list and find “Telnet Client”. Check the box next to it.
  4. Click on “OK” to save the changes. Windows will install the Telnet client.
  5. Once the installation is complete, you can open the Telnet client by typing “telnet” in the Command Prompt or PowerShell.
  6. To connect to a Telnet server, type “telnet <server name or IP address>” and press Enter.

That’s it! You should now be able to use Telnet in Windows 11. Keep in mind that Telnet is an unencrypted protocol and is not considered secure, so it’s recommended to use a more secure protocol like SSH instead. However if the situation calls for it it’s painless to enable.

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