Hi guys today I am going to told you what is telnet and How to Enable Telnet in windows 7 / 8 / vista.

How to Enable Telnet in windows 7 / 8 / vista

Telnet is a protocol that allows you to connect to remote computers (called hosts) over a TCP/IP network (such as the Internet). Using telnet client software on your computer, you can make a connection to a telnet server (i.e., the remote host). Once your telnet client establishes a connection to the remote host, your client becomes a virtual terminal, allowing you to communicate with the remote host from your computer. In most cases, you’ll need to log into the remote host, which requires that you have an account on that system. Occasionally, you can log in as guest or public without having an account.

Telnet clients are available for all major operating systems.

Command-line telnet clients are built into most versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Unix, and Linux. To use these clients, go to their respective command lines (i.e., the Terminal application in Mac OS X, the shell in Unix or Linux, or the DOS prompt in Windows), and then enter:

telnet host

Replace host with the name of the remote computer to which you wish to connect.

So basically what telnet does is let you operate another computer using your own computer.

To use it you just have to open a command prompt and enter “telnet” but the window will tell you ‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command

its because you have to enable the telnet manually.

How to enable telnet in windows 7 / 8 / vista

First of all if you have xp then it will be enabled by default you don’t have to anything.

Step 1. Open the control panel in your system.

How to Enable Telnet in windows 7



Step 2. Now in control panel, if your control panel view is in category view then click on “Uninstall a program” But if you are in large or in small icons view then in” Programs and features”

The below picture shows in category view.

How to Enable Telnet in windows 7


And the below picture shows in large icons view.

How to Enable Telnet in windows 7


Step 3. Now click on the “Turn windows features on or off” in the left pane.




Step 4. A window will appear now scroll down and you will find

  • Telnet client
  • Telnet server

Check their boxes and then click ok.




That’s it now the telnet will be enable on your system. To check whether its on or not, open command prompt and enter “telnet” the command will be execute and the computer will show you telnet terminal.


That’s it on How to Enable Telnet in windows 7 / 8 / vista.

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