Windows 8 – Enable Telnet

December 28, 2012

Just like in the last two incarnations of Windows, Microsoft has left the Telnet client out of the default Windows installation. But have no fear, you can quickly install the component for free and you don’t even need the Windows installation discs. Depending on if you use the Start Screen or the Desktop there are two different ways to enable Telnet:

From the Start Screen:

  1. Control Panel
  2. More Settings
  3. Programs and Features
  4. Turn Windows Features On or Off
  5. Check Telnet Client
  6. Hit OK

From the Desktop:

  1. Move your cursor to the bottom right endge
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click the Control Panel button
  4. Click Programs
  5. Turn Windows Features On or Off
  6. Check off Telnet Client
  7. Hit OK

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a quick video showing how to do it:

And that’s it! You don’t even have to restart your computer to use it. And always remember, Telnet is very insecure and whenever you have the choice you should always use SSH and a client such as PuTTY.

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