Windows 7 : How to enable Telnet?

Have you ever noticed that Windows 7 doesn’t have Telnet enabled? Telnet is a terminal emulation program for TCP/IP networks or a network protocol used on the Internet or local area networks. This provides facility for bidirectional interactive text-oriented communication through a virtual terminal connection. This program runs on your computer and connects your PC to a server on the network. As this program has many drawbacks it is disabled in Windows 7 and vista. Here is the tutorial to enable the feature.

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Telnet is a common way to remotely control Web servers. The user data is modulated with Telnet control information in an 8-bit byte oriented data connection over the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The commands entered through the Telnet program will be executed as if they are entered directly on the server console. This feature enables you to control the server and communicate with other servers on the network.

Follow the steps to start a Telnet session, but you must log in to a server by entering a valid username and password.

Before starting with enabling process make sure it is not enabled. To check the existence of Telnet on your Windows, open the command prompt and run the telnet command.

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If telnet is not enabled on your PC, you will get an error message prompting telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Enable Telnet in Windows 7

  • Open Control Panel > Program and features
  • Click on Turn Windows Features on or off in the extreme left corner of the active window
  • Scroll down in the resulting windows and check Telnet Client and wait for the installation to complete.

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Close all windows and go to the Windows 7 start menu and type telnet in the search box. You will find telnet is enabled on your Windows 7 system.

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Upon following the steps described above you can easily enable telnet on your windows 7  computer.


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