Windows 7: Install the Telnet Client

By default, Windows 7 doesn’t install the Telnet client. The client is for text-based communication with remote systems. You can install it by following these steps:

1. Click the Start Orb, then select Control Panel.

2. Select Programs and Features.

3. Select Turn Windows features on or off.

4. Check the Telnet Client checkbox.

5. Click OK.

6. A box will appear showing the installation process.

When it finishes running, the client is installed.


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13 Responses to “Windows 7: Install the Telnet Client”

  1. May 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm, Tom said:

    Why would you install Telnet??? Use “putty” or something else, which uses secure connections!


    • September 02, 2010 at 1:18 pm, LDS said:

      Putty is secure only if you use SSH. Otherwise is even less secure to connect for example to a Windows Telnet server (and 2008 can use it) because it only supports plain-text authentication.


  2. May 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm, dan said:

    totally agree with Tom. I think we all should be happy that telnet was not installed…


  3. May 20, 2009 at 11:14 am, Michael said:

    I agree, and I don’t even think telnet should be allowed as an installable option.


  4. August 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    But after that it says something like this:”Fatal error.Not all of the features have been changed!”
    Any ideas????


  5. November 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm, FettesPS said:

    I agree that Telnet is insecure but there are many reasons for wanting to use it. It’s a great diagnostic tool, need to see if your mail server is working properly? Quickly telnet to that port and see if it responds. Another example is if you need to connect to an old server which only supports telnet. I have to work on an old Cobalt RAQ server that does not have SSH, so I am forced to use Telnet when I need to log into it.

    And besides, its not like we’re installing Telnet SERVER… just the client.


  6. December 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm, russ said:

    Telnet and even better Hyperterminal are just plain easy to use. I dont care about what is the l33t hacker way of doing things when I spent 10 hours moving systems and am looking at 6 more hours getting everything up!


  7. May 03, 2010 at 8:52 pm, Anonymous said:

    I try this but the picture in step 4 is not what I get. The box appears but it is blank and there are no boxes to check or uncheck. Therefore, I am unable to enable telnet.


  8. September 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm, Joel said:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!


  9. October 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm, Bubu said:

    Thx for this tip, I badly missed telnet on win7 simply to ping some IP/port that would refuse actual pings.


  10. October 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm, Blob said:

    Telnet ownz you foolz. nothing is secure…


  11. November 19, 2010 at 7:54 am, Deepak said:

    Thank you! was looking out for this on Windows 7…


  12. December 07, 2012 at 11:03 pm, Heydar said:

    I turned it on and my ADSL speed was totally destroyed. my PC became fully bugy still while turned it off. Is there any option in CMD that I could turn everything to it’s company setting????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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