Vista: Installing the Telnet Client

By default, Vista does not install the Telnet client. The client is for text-based communication with remote systems. You can install it by following these steps below.


1. Click Start, and then select Control Panel.

2. Select Programs and Features.

3. Select Turn Windows features on or off.

4. Select the Telnet Client option.

5. Click OK.

6. A dialog box will appear to confirm installation. The telnet command should now be available.

 

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109 Responses to “Vista: Installing the Telnet Client”

  1. October 08, 2008 at 12:46 pm, Viktor said:

    thanks man.

    Reply

  2. October 14, 2008 at 12:35 am, Bill said:

    I was wondering about this feature . I have been missing it. Thank you, very helpful info!

    Reply

  3. October 14, 2008 at 7:30 am, Sinjin said:

    Sweet thanks alot !! I wondered why it didn’t have it .

    Reply

  4. October 15, 2008 at 6:39 pm, Colleen said:

    Good info!

    Reply

  5. October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm, Daplayer said:

    thx

    Reply

  6. October 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm, Ferdaus said:

    Very Nice tips, thank you

    Reply

  7. November 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm, i don't know said:

    thanks

    Reply

  8. November 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm, sajid said:

    thnks dude i was un able to use my cisco simulator without telnet.

    Reply

  9. November 20, 2008 at 11:44 am, anoop said:

    Thanxxx
    This is very full me

    Reply

  10. November 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm, King said:

    Thank you very much mate.

    Reply

  11. December 01, 2008 at 8:59 pm, Nikola said:

    thanks so much it really helped!

    Reply

  12. December 04, 2008 at 12:08 am, mk said:

    thanks, installing

    Reply

  13. December 04, 2008 at 6:19 am, jenny said:

    this feature sucks when you are trying to ping because it gives us the error command not reconized…not good

    Reply

    • November 05, 2009 at 7:47 am, Anonymous said:

      how to use telnet to access remote pc

      Reply

  14. December 04, 2008 at 10:54 am, Chathura Madhusanka said:

    Thank you Very very much,
    chathura

    Reply

  15. December 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm, McThick said:

    Microsoft is beyond retarded…

    Reply

  16. December 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm, aboeldhb said:

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx vry mach

    Reply

  17. December 21, 2008 at 2:43 am, noname said:

    Thanks alot :)

    Reply

    • December 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm, James said:

      Excellent, helped a lot.

      Reply

  18. January 04, 2009 at 9:42 am, ak said:

    Thank you bud

    Reply

  19. January 07, 2009 at 7:25 am, Imnotgivingmynametoamachine! said:

    cool thanks

    Reply

  20. January 08, 2009 at 5:38 pm, Rocky said:

    Thanks Mate!!!!

    Works like Charm

    Reply

  21. January 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm, Bahram said:

    Very Very Very Thanx
    It’s very useful.

    Reply

  22. January 16, 2009 at 10:01 am, linuxstartslookinggood said:

    Thanks Very Much!

    How big is the Telnet executable? Can’t see how it can be more than 100kb, but took ages to install! You’ve got to love Vista ….

    Reply

    • January 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm, Hamy said:

      Exacly. nice move m$. again

      Reply

  23. January 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm, Patrick said:

    Thanks very much, I thought it was just omitted from Vista…glad to have it back

    Reply

  24. January 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm, Aron said:

    lol :D weird …

    Reply

  25. January 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm, beavis said:

    Danke!

    Reply

  26. January 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm, nxyazilim.com said:

    thanks man

    Reply

  27. February 06, 2009 at 8:50 pm, blargh said:

    I hate you Windows. Thanks for this guide.

    Reply

  28. February 07, 2009 at 2:13 am, anonimous said:

    thnks

    Reply

  29. February 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm, JANGEL said:

    GOD BLESS YOU ! ! ! !
    You don have any idea how much I need telnet and I was using other computers…
    THANK YOU ! ! !

    Reply

  30. February 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm, David said:

    wow, another reason i hate vista, thnx much >

    Reply

  31. February 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm, huh??? said:

    thx

    Reply

  32. March 06, 2009 at 2:13 am, Alex said:

    Thanks, nice and succint

    Reply

  33. March 07, 2009 at 10:06 pm, KC said:

    Cheers lad!

    Reply

  34. March 09, 2009 at 7:59 pm, MMF said:

    Nice Tip ,
    thanks a lot

    Reply

  35. March 18, 2009 at 1:38 am, Drew said:

    Sweeeet thx

    Reply

  36. March 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm, James said:

    Thanks… but yeah, taking foreeeeeeever.

    Reply

  37. March 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm, bob said:

    thanks

    Reply

    • April 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm, raj said:

      thanks dude

      Reply

  38. April 20, 2009 at 9:22 am, star said:

    hei..
    the list wont come out..
    ive google the net and found nothing to solve the problem..
    would you please help me with this?

    btw..
    im using vista home basic..
    is there any difference?

    Reply

  39. April 22, 2009 at 12:46 am, Gro_ said:

    thx

    Reply

    • April 25, 2009 at 3:34 am, disaster said:

      than you it help just takes for ever to install the client

      Reply

      • April 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm, fedora _linux said:

        thanks master
        i have been looking for a way to restore that
        and you give me the magic pro

        Reply

  40. April 26, 2009 at 2:11 am, bradley said:

    activateing and haveing telnet on can be dangerous, not worth it unless you want your computer to start running like shit.

    Reply

  41. May 04, 2009 at 12:50 am, anon said:

    thanks man, even though it’s no good to me, nice to know i wasn’t making a retarded mistake.

    Reply

  42. May 04, 2009 at 5:27 pm, Amit said:

    Awesome !

    Reply

  43. May 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm, Gernot said:

    excellent, thanks

    Reply

  44. May 16, 2009 at 7:28 am, James said:

    Human Stupidity has no Boundaries (I mean those at MS)

    Reply

  45. May 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm, Mark said:

    thanks!

    Reply

  46. May 30, 2009 at 2:46 am, Sputnic said:

    telnet ! I missed you so much :o )

    Thanks mate.

    Reply

  47. May 31, 2009 at 7:40 am, LaSnak said:

    Thnx a lot :)

    Reply

  48. June 01, 2009 at 7:15 am, khalid said:

    thank you,, really thank you

    Reply

  49. June 08, 2009 at 9:01 pm, jvp said:

    thanks

    Reply

  50. June 13, 2009 at 9:28 am, almohager575 said:

    thank you very much

    Reply

  51. June 13, 2009 at 10:28 am, almohager575 said:

    thank you very much

    Reply

  52. June 17, 2009 at 12:29 am, Jim said:

    Appreciate the research and sharing the info. God, I hate Microsoft!

    Reply

  53. June 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm, john said:

    Thanks man now i can play TradeWars again

    Reply

  54. July 04, 2009 at 7:06 am, Shawn said:

    Thanks, I was about to try to just search for a telnet client and download it. To tell the truth..it might have been faster… god I hate vista.

    Reply

  55. July 09, 2009 at 5:36 pm, Darryl said:

    Really appreciate the tip. thanks

    Reply

  56. July 18, 2009 at 7:02 am, Anonymous said:

    Many Thanks Wonderful Job Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  57. July 24, 2009 at 8:25 am, Anonymous said:

    thx man your the best !!

    Reply

  58. July 28, 2009 at 7:03 am, Anonymous said:

    Really usefull. Thanks Mate

    Reply

  59. July 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm, James said:

    Thanks for helping me find this.

    Reply

  60. August 03, 2009 at 11:08 am, Anonymous said:

    thanks for the stuff its really cool i was missin telnet in ma vista based notebook.i ws goin 2 install xp for that bt thanks 2 u i can use it without doin so.

    Reply

  61. August 06, 2009 at 1:59 pm, Dru said:

    Seriously guys, having telnet not installed by default was a wise decision by MS – one of the few they’ve made – telnet is a deprecated (and insecure) service that has been replaced (for the most part) by SSH. There are few of us who still use it (admins, and those studying networking.)

    Now had they completely removed it from Vista it would have been a bad idea (although alternative clients like PuTTy are overall better options.)

    Reply

    • August 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm, tel said:

      why worry about the client?

      concerned about security, then ship with a native command line ssh client

      Reply

  62. August 08, 2009 at 4:54 am, allan said:

    you da man

    Reply

  63. August 10, 2009 at 3:47 am, Anonymous said:

    Kuddos to you

    Kuddos down to vista.

    Vista sucks.

    Reply

  64. August 17, 2009 at 3:40 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks :)

    Reply

  65. August 19, 2009 at 1:33 am, Anonymous said:

    Excellent post!

    Reply

  66. August 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm, Bryan said:

    Seriously! I was forced to INSTALL telnet…and now I have to reboot?!! WTF M$?

    Reply

  67. September 10, 2009 at 7:45 pm, Greg T. said:

    Thanks. This one was a myster to me. I couldn’t imagine Telenet not being part of Windows anymore.

    Reply

  68. September 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm, Adrian said:

    Thanks, thought it was weird that I couldn’t use that feature

    Reply

  69. October 08, 2009 at 2:55 pm, Anonymous said:

    tnx , it is veru useful ,

    Reply

  70. October 23, 2009 at 11:05 am, ksitij said:

    cool very helpful site

    Reply

  71. October 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm, Anonymous said:

    thank’s . I have a friend who wants to install de telnet feature and your tactic It’s really succesful. xD

    Reply

  72. October 28, 2009 at 10:58 am, Purna said:

    Thanks a lot man

    Reply

  73. November 01, 2009 at 8:10 am, cheap phones said:

    I was having problems with this and being a non-techy didn’t know what to do. This solution worked perfectly for me. Much appreciated.

    Reply

  74. December 01, 2009 at 8:21 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks. I was thinking that this is how I will be able to have it.

    Reply

  75. December 05, 2009 at 1:40 pm, Jatin said:

    Thank You. Appreciate it.

    Reply

  76. December 09, 2009 at 8:09 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks for this tips.

    Reply

  77. December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm, Ankit said:

    Thanks…you are a real life saver

    Reply

  78. January 04, 2010 at 4:01 am, m said:

    Thanks! Microsoft hid this feature so well that I’d never have found it without your instructions.

    Reply

  79. January 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm, Nokiemens said:

    Thanks, man. ^.^ without this i would never have found it. Dem’ maikrosoft basterdz hid it too well >.>

    Reply

  80. January 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm, Avishek Roy said:

    thax a lot…

    Reply

  81. February 03, 2010 at 3:06 am, Anonymous said:

    I have a commercial software which needs telnet to verify the license.
    Before find this info, I almost give up to use that software. Thanks a lot.
    This info is very useful.

    Reply

  82. February 03, 2010 at 3:36 pm, Lee said:

    Thanks that was very helpful

    Reply

  83. February 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm, Anonymous said:

    TELNET
    i can not loggin to my ip 192.168.1.64 but i get an error

    Failure in initializing the telnet session. Shell process may not have been launched.

    please help me
    stuart.hallows@hotmail.com

    Reply

  84. May 02, 2010 at 11:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    Is it supposed to take forever?

    Reply

  85. May 26, 2010 at 2:27 am, theodore said:

    thanks guys ,perfect

    Reply

  86. June 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm, Fredrik said:

    Tyvm! looking 4 this one!

    Reply

  87. July 12, 2010 at 5:47 am, Epic Fail Guy said:

    Thanks bro, been looking for this for ages.

    Reply

  88. July 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm, Chuck Norris said:

    Right on! Many thanks!

    Reply

  89. August 02, 2010 at 12:13 pm, Ericsilmalis said:

    thankyou, i kind of thought telnet would be missing from vista like loads of other stuff that is on previous versions of windows

    Reply

  90. August 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm, Somebody said:

    thx

    Reply

  91. August 19, 2010 at 7:11 am, Abdelazimf said:

    thank you very much

    Reply

  92. September 03, 2010 at 3:04 pm, Mr X. said:

    Sweet.

    Reply

  93. October 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm, Sidakadjpoison said:

    thankxxxx man !!!!

    Reply

  94. January 04, 2011 at 8:31 am, Leavemealonebox said:

    OMG i did that 1 month ago now what. good by!

    Reply

  95. March 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm, Plano, TX said:

    Danke

    Reply

  96. March 27, 2011 at 1:43 am, Good Grief said:

    It takes FOREVER for the Microsoft widget to install Telnet.

    Good grief.

    What gives?!?

    Reply

  97. October 26, 2011 at 2:05 am, Kiddo said:

    Takk

    Reply

  98. December 30, 2011 at 7:38 am, jkljdgjhlkgndfgq said:

    THANXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX A LOTTTT !!!!
    u have no idea . . . u have done such a big help

    Reply

  99. January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm, Orcbighter said:

    Thanks for that.
    Another little bit of required software tucked away by Microsoft.
    And how slow is the Microsoft widget?
    I checked the box, went and had lunch, had a relaxing bath before goin out to a movie, came home just in time to see it complete.
    Honestly, I have seen bills passed in Parliament fastaer than this thing moves.

    Reply

  100. April 07, 2012 at 7:03 am, Hoang Nhat Linh said:

    Sound good. I did it.

    Reply

  101. April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am, rafeeque said:

    thanks

    Reply

  102. August 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm, Josh said:

    Thanks. Couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t in the Accessories for Vista.

    Reply

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