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How to Enable Telnet in Windows 7

Do you need telnet on your Windows 7 box?

Follow these simple steps to add the telnet command to your command line tools.

Click on “Start Button”

Click on “Control Panel (menu item)” in “Start menu”

Click on “Uninstall a program (link)” in “Control Panel”

Click on “Turn Windows features on or off (link)” in “Programs and Features”

Click in “Windows Features” box and find the “Telnet Client” check box

Allow the system to install the appropriate files – should take only a few seconds to a minute or so.

To test the functionality:

Click on the “Start button”

Click on “Search Box” in “Start menu”

Type “cmd” in the “Search box” to bring up a command prompt

Type “telnet” and hit “enter”. You should now see the Microsoft Telnet> prompt

There you go.  Easy enough.

P.S. If you can’t find the “Telnet Client” check box in your programs list, you may need to upgrade your version of Windows 7 to get these features.

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40 Responses to “How to Enable Telnet in Windows 7”

  1. Leon says:

    this does not work in Windows 7 because the “Turn Windows features on or off (link)” in “Programs and Features” remains blank at all times and I cannot check or uncheck any items.

  2. RM says:

    i always get an error saying: “Not all components were successfully installed…”

    then it says that I should restart my computer..after i restarted it, nothing happened

  3. Thank you very much for the article. It solved my problem. Very helpful article.

  4. AbodoX says:

    Worked for me very easy, i was trying the same but didnt saw the telnet 😛 thx

  5. arun says:

    it is working for me ..

  6. andrew.cocos says:

    You can simply hit Win+R and type:
    pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”

  7. Arko says:

    Thanks….it is work for me….and its very easy……..

  8. M.J says:

    Thanks man … Its work for me so fast 🙂

  9. Efrain says:

    Thanks for the article. I can now work on my DIGI Portservers.

  10. vinay says:

    thank you, it works for me

  11. Liko says:

    Thank you much! Works great.

  12. barataaway says:

    thank you very much. it worked for me.

  13. Ah Park says:

    Thanks a lot, this guidelines really helpful.

  14. anant gharge says:

    Thank You Very Much. it worked for me.

  15. Manish says:

    Thanks it worked for me 🙂

  16. Sidhu says:

    Thanks for proper visual guide.

  17. Hari says:

    Straight and direct; fast and simple

    Thx a ton dude!

  18. shanmukha varma says:

    user reference is excelent

  19. Raksha says:

    thanks, work done.

  20. Hussain says:

    Thanks buddy. Easy and simple.

  21. Roya says:

    thank you very much, you solve my problem .

  22. Ashish Parkar says:

    It works

  23. Prem says:

    pretty neat..thanks for the clear instructions

  24. amey says:


    its solve my problem of telnet and tftp. 🙂

  25. Melissa says:

    This was awesome – thank you!!!

  26. Kanchan says:

    Thanks a lot. its working……

  27. SANJEEV KUMAR says:

    it was very helpful for me.

    thanks buddy.byby
    sanjeev (India)

  28. Sreyoshi Sen says:

    thanks, it worked for me.

  29. sachin badole0 says:

    thank i work fine…and do your of luck..

  30. bob says:

    yesss it worked 😀

  31. Christine says:

    Thank you and it worked like a charm.

  32. Dev says:

    Works fine. Thx for info.

  33. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the article… working like charm for me 🙂

  34. Shahzad says:

    Thanks dear its works.

  35. itdreamer says:

    tnx for this idea. love it.

  36. Prashanth says:

    Simple and stright forward


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