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.