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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How to Enable Telnet Client in Windows 7


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:

  • Click Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs And Features
  • Turn Windows features on or off
  • Check Telnet Client
  • Hit OK
  • After that you can start Telnet via Command Prompt.

Another Method:

Open a command prompt window.

  • Click Start,type cmd in start search box, and then press Enter.
  • Type the following command

pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient"

  • If the User Account Control(UAC) dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is want you want, and then click continue.
  • When the command prompt appears again, the installation is complete

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