How to enable Telnet on Windows 7 & Vista


Today I tried to Telnet into a Cisco switch at work today not remembering that Windows 7 doesn’t have Telnet enabled by default, neither does Vista for that matter. I guess in an attempt to make Windows a little more secure as Telnet by it’s self is not a very secure form of communicating.

Regardless of security there are times when Telnet is going to come in handy and there is a very quick and easy way to re-enable it on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Both should use the same method.

To re-enable Telnet:

  • Open ‘Control Panel’.
  • Select ‘Programs and Features’.
  • In the left hand side column select ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’.
  • Scroll down and select ‘Telnet Client’.
  • Click ‘OK’

Windows will now install the Telnet client and you will be able to run it from the command prompt (cmd) using the ‘telnet’ command.

In most cases I use a much better telnet alternative called Tera Term which also supports SSH (a much more secure protocol). Check it out, it’s free!


1 thought on “How to enable Telnet on Windows 7 & Vista”

  1. download it on XP,after putty -ssh 10.1.1.201, I always reivcee same error message: network confused on VMware host ESXi 5.0 and try -telnet 10.1.1.102, it is win2008 Server R2, get same error message, neither to XP itself.Why?could you help me?

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