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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  • Viktor

    thanks man.

  • Bill

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

  • Sinjin

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

  • Colleen

    Good info!

  • Daplayer


  • Ferdaus

    Very Nice tips, thank you

  • thanks

  • sajid

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

  • anoop

    This is very full me

  • King

    Thank you very much mate.

  • Nikola

    thanks so much it really helped!

  • mk

    thanks, installing

  • jenny

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

    • Anonymous

      how to use telnet to access remote pc

  • Thank you Very very much,

  • McThick

    Microsoft is beyond retarded…

  • aboeldhb

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx vry mach

  • noname

    Thanks alot 🙂

    • James

      Excellent, helped a lot.

  • ak

    Thank you bud

  • Imnotgivingmynametoamachine!

    cool thanks

  • Rocky

    Thanks Mate!!!!

    Works like Charm

  • Bahram

    Very Very Very Thanx
    It’s very useful.

  • linuxstartslookinggood

    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 ….

    • Hamy

      Exacly. nice move m$. again

  • Patrick

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

  • Aron

    lol 😀 weird …

  • beavis



    thanks man

  • blargh

    I hate you Windows. Thanks for this guide.

  • anonimous



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

  • David

    wow, another reason i hate vista, thnx much >

  • huh???


  • Alex

    Thanks, nice and succint

  • KC

    Cheers lad!

  • MMF

    Nice Tip ,
    thanks a lot

  • Drew

    Sweeeet thx

  • James

    Thanks… but yeah, taking foreeeeeeever.

  • bob


    • raj

      thanks dude

  • star

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

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

  • Gro_


    • disaster

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

      • fedora _linux

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

  • bradley

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

  • anon

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

  • Amit

    Awesome !

  • Gernot

    excellent, thanks

  • James

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

  • Mark


  • Sputnic

    telnet ! I missed you so much :o)

    Thanks mate.

  • LaSnak

    Thnx a lot 🙂

  • khalid

    thank you,, really thank you

  • jvp


  • almohager575

    thank you very much

  • almohager575

    thank you very much

  • Jim

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

  • john

    Thanks man now i can play TradeWars again

  • Shawn

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

  • Darryl

    Really appreciate the tip. thanks

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    thx man your the best !!

  • Anonymous

    Really usefull. Thanks Mate

  • Thanks for helping me find this.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Dru

    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.)

    • tel

      why worry about the client?

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

  • allan

    you da man

  • Anonymous

    Kuddos to you

    Kuddos down to vista.

    Vista sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Excellent post!

  • Bryan

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

  • Greg T.

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

  • Adrian

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

  • Anonymous

    tnx , it is veru useful ,

  • ksitij

    cool very helpful site

  • Anonymous

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

  • Purna

    Thanks a lot man

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Jatin

    Thank You. Appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this tips.

  • Ankit

    Thanks…you are a real life saver

  • m

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

  • Nokiemens

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

  • Avishek Roy

    thax a lot…

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Lee

    Thanks that was very helpful

  • Anonymous

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

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

    please help me

  • Anonymous

    Is it supposed to take forever?

  • theodore

    thanks guys ,perfect

  • Fredrik

    Tyvm! looking 4 this one!

  • Epic Fail Guy

    Thanks bro, been looking for this for ages.

  • Chuck Norris

    Right on! Many thanks!

  • Ericsilmalis

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

  • Somebody


  • Abdelazimf

    thank you very much

  • Mr X.


  • Sidakadjpoison

    thankxxxx man !!!!

  • Leavemealonebox

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

  • Plano, TX


  • Good Grief

    It takes FOREVER for the Microsoft widget to install Telnet.

    Good grief.

    What gives?!?

  • Kiddo


  • jkljdgjhlkgndfgq

    u have no idea . . . u have done such a big help

  • Orcbighter

    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.

  • Hoang Nhat Linh

    Sound good. I did it.

  • rafeeque


  • Josh

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