Windows 7

Need to Access Older Systems via Telnet?

SUMMARY: Install the Windows 7 Telnet Client, or Better Yet, Try PuTTY.


If you need to access older remote systems via the Telnet protocol (which is a security risk as by default, all information including passwords is sent in clear-text without any encryption), you may have noted that Windows 7 does not by default offer a Telnet client ... or so it seems.

If you need to use Telnet, here are a couple of options:

(Recommended) 1. Install PuTTY Instead

Read What is Putty and Where to Download?. MalekTips offers other help for PuTTY users.

2. Install the Windows 7 Telnet application

If your needs or IT department demand the use of the default Telnet client, here is how to enable it as it is not immediately available on default Windows 7 installs:

1. Click the "Start" button.

2. Type in features

3. Click "Turn Windows features on or off".


4. The "Windows Features" dialog appears. Scroll down and check "Telnet Client".

5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.


Enabling the Telnet client in Windows 7



Wait for Windows to install the application. You can now access Telnet from the "Start" button, DOS prompt, batch file, etc. If you need help using the client, from the "Microsoft Telnet>" prompt, enter a question mark ("?") and press ENTER.

You may need Administrator privileges to install applications or turn on disabled Windows features

Return to the Windows 7 page.

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