Telnet for Windows Vista & Windows 7

January 25, 2009
January 25, 2009
by Sean
in Blog

A while back I noticed that on Windows Vista there was no Telnet, the reason for this is that telnet is not secure and they decided to leave it out because they were trying to update their level of security. In windows 7 it’s the same thing, it has no telnet.

I have now found out how to get telnet on windows vista and windows 7. It is really simple and is done like this:

  1. Open control panel.
  2. Then go into programs.
  3. Then in programs and features there should be a part that says ‘turn windows features on or off ‘ .
  4. Click ‘turn windows features on or off ‘ then on the list that appears simply check the box beside: Telnet Client.
  5. Then click ok.

Then it will simply work as normal. Hope this helps!

I also made a quick video of how this is done.

87 Comments

  1. Anil   March 23, 2009 1:59 pm / Reply

    thnx…

  2. Mujizac   June 1, 2009 9:11 pm / Reply

    OH…..duh. Haha. Thanks for the obvious answer! πŸ˜€

  3. ozza   July 2, 2009 2:48 pm / Reply

    thx a lot,,
    i like,,

  4. leQ   July 31, 2009 5:10 pm / Reply

    this really help a lot. thanks!

  5. Pete   August 23, 2009 3:57 pm / Reply

    ^_^ thanks, what a silly place to put it. heh

  6. Simon   August 24, 2009 5:05 pm / Reply

    Most useful, thanks

  7. ShiZiK   August 25, 2009 10:46 pm / Reply

    Wow, thx man πŸ™‚

  8. seemebreakthis   August 28, 2009 9:40 am / Reply

    Great stuff! thank you.

  9. sadee choot   September 12, 2009 4:46 pm / Reply

    gr8 help thnxxx

  10. 4ypo4ka   September 23, 2009 10:54 pm / Reply

    This is actually #1 result in Google for “Windows 7 telnet”. And it helped me, thnx!

  11. neeraj ahuja   September 29, 2009 5:09 am / Reply

    thanks it’s very simple

  12. Tufail   October 1, 2009 7:03 am / Reply

    thnx for the tip but i tried and failed.
    i tried twice and after some process of couple of minites. it gives error that process is not successfull.

    anything on this dear.

  13. Sean   October 2, 2009 1:59 am / Reply

    Sorry, I have never heard of this problem before. It works fine for me and everyone else that has tried this method.

  14. Ian   October 8, 2009 4:23 pm / Reply

    Awesome. Straight to the point. Cheers

  15. dan   October 13, 2009 10:05 am / Reply

    spot on

  16. Brian Pence   October 27, 2009 9:49 pm / Reply

    Try SSH instead

  17. Gurj   November 7, 2009 4:46 am / Reply

    Perfect, thx

  18. Sanjay   November 14, 2009 4:51 pm / Reply

    Thanks man!!!

  19. Jody   November 15, 2009 4:24 am / Reply

    Great gouge — simple and effective. Well done.

  20. murali   November 20, 2009 9:21 am / Reply

    gr8 help even one software engineer also don’t know about that thanks a tonnnn

  21. Lein   December 3, 2009 12:44 am / Reply

    Thanks so much… Nice day. ^_^ :rotfl:

  22. gary   December 11, 2009 11:00 pm / Reply

    Doesn’t work for me. I see that I can get to telnet client by following instructions above but won’t let me into port 23 that I use to get into my ip address at my office from my windows xp computer at home. woner why? πŸ™

  23. Rajan   December 16, 2009 10:42 am / Reply

    wow it works, thank u very much

  24. Mikhail   January 4, 2010 11:05 am / Reply

    Works great. Thank you

  25. tom   January 5, 2010 2:55 am / Reply

    Brilliant post thank you

  26. durai sebastian   January 8, 2010 8:22 am / Reply

    really …. useful information

    Thanks,
    Durai Sebastian J

  27. berry   January 12, 2010 9:32 am / Reply

    thanks.. it’s really help me out;.

  28. purba   January 13, 2010 4:22 am / Reply

    thx bro :-))

  29. gary   January 16, 2010 2:47 pm / Reply

    Anybody tell me shy I cna’t get it to work. Works fine on windows xp but not from windows7. Says I can’t enter thru the same port I enter into from windows xp :-/

  30. amin   January 17, 2010 2:19 pm / Reply

    thank you man that was great

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  32. Raghu   January 27, 2010 2:52 am / Reply

    Thanks Buddy.
    really …. useful information πŸ˜‰

  33. Arvind   January 28, 2010 10:55 am / Reply

    What a Man !!!!!!1

  34. brahamo123   February 2, 2010 1:45 pm / Reply

    thanks for sharing ,,, god bless you ,,,

  35. HB   February 17, 2010 1:36 pm / Reply

    Excellent! Top Google hit and fixed my problem in 30 seconds flat. Thank you.

  36. sudhir   February 28, 2010 5:43 am / Reply

    thanks man, can u suggest me some commands so that i can connect to my mail id using telnet cos when i try to connect it gives me an error as it cannot connect

  37. sudhir   March 5, 2010 7:15 pm / Reply

    SMTP Test:
    telnet mail.server.com 25

    POP3 Test:
    telnet mail.server.com 110

  38. Joel   March 8, 2010 3:50 am / Reply

    Awesome. Thanks for this! I went ahead and turned off some other un-needed windows features. (I never knew this feature on/off existed) πŸ™‚

  39. alan huffmanc   March 17, 2010 5:59 pm / Reply

    thanks… works like a charm

  40. margoob   March 28, 2010 7:58 pm / Reply

    thanx! Worked great!

  41. hello   April 7, 2010 11:55 am / Reply

    it worked..now i can do what i want…..haha

  42. Kishan   April 10, 2010 6:56 am / Reply

    Thanks buddy, it was helping

  43. vijay   April 19, 2010 8:25 am / Reply

    thanq

  44. k3k   April 20, 2010 7:29 am / Reply

    Thanks

  45. Leon   May 1, 2010 1:57 am / Reply

    the above does not work because the “enable features” window reamins blank at all times. There is no way to enable telnet and GoDaddy are trying to tell me that this is essential for sending emails. I have no problems with any other provider.

    • Sean   May 2, 2010 1:49 pm / Reply

      The enable features window should fill with all the features including telnet, it works for everyone else, maybe you could try doing it as an administrator if you did not already try it.

  46. Robert   May 6, 2010 5:37 pm / Reply

    You should check for Polyscript it’s a great telnet and ssh client specially for windows 7.

  47. Muhammed   May 10, 2010 11:30 am / Reply

    thanxs for the support

  48. Abdullah   May 11, 2010 8:41 am / Reply

    Thanx, it works

  49. bonzzz   May 12, 2010 5:14 am / Reply

    Trust me. Its Work!

  50. emma   May 17, 2010 9:19 pm / Reply

    tks man

  51. jongbyte   May 25, 2010 4:19 am / Reply

    absolutely its really work!!!

  52. Zbynek Filinger   May 29, 2010 12:25 pm / Reply

    Simple and to the point.

    Thanks, mate!

  53. Ashish   June 1, 2010 1:53 pm / Reply

    Thanks!!!

  54. whales   June 7, 2010 11:39 pm / Reply

    tnx.. really helpful

  55. kamote   June 15, 2010 8:07 am / Reply

    amfota! ganun lang pala! thanks! lol

  56. david   June 17, 2010 2:15 pm / Reply

    This should have been enabled by default (at least for professional version)

  57. Chida   June 23, 2010 9:31 am / Reply

    thanks dude it was helpfull to me

  58. vijacdblz   June 23, 2010 2:50 pm / Reply

    thanks dude

  59. Andy Brandt   June 26, 2010 9:33 pm / Reply

    Thanks, thanks! This is a simple answer to – it seems – a very common problem.

  60. Groaning Self SysAdmin   July 7, 2010 4:46 pm / Reply

    Simple but not obvious. Thanks very, very much.

  61. Ismael   July 12, 2010 12:43 pm / Reply

    Thanks, telnet is now on….

  62. Hemant Shekhawat   July 14, 2010 10:49 am / Reply

    Great job microsft……. adding complication in simple things keeps your team busy…. thanks buddy to make it simple again by this post..

  63. Mikey   August 18, 2010 5:02 am / Reply

    All of this because of the stupid-heads who sued Microsoft for “not being secure enough”!

    I swear I waste more time getting around security “features” than I ever had to spend properly securing my systems / networks!

  64. Ars   August 25, 2010 12:37 pm / Reply

    Thanks it is very helpfull.

  65. Priyanga   September 18, 2010 4:40 pm / Reply

    Cool tip mate! Thanks a lot..!

  66. joydip   September 23, 2010 7:40 pm / Reply

    thanks it working.can you tell how i use ftp

  67. muthukumar   September 24, 2010 6:29 am / Reply

    thanks for valuable answer

  68. Michael   September 25, 2010 3:43 am / Reply

    Once you set up telnet, type this into cmd
    It’s Star Wars IV in ASCII πŸ˜€
    telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

  69. john   September 25, 2010 10:40 pm / Reply

    hey its gud actuaally obvious

  70. max   September 27, 2010 12:45 pm / Reply

    Sorry, i need help because I’m already completed the step but it dident works well
    What should I do????

  71. Omar   October 9, 2010 2:23 pm / Reply

    I wonder if anybody here have used the IRPM for Iphone to turn ON-OFF the computer from the internet, How to do that ? I could turn on the computer on a local network ( WIFI) but when I’m on the 3g network I couldn’t connect to my computer, I keep getting an error, for turning off the computer I couldn’t turn off my computer on both networks (WIFI,3g) ! please help

  72. server 2008   October 17, 2010 9:25 pm / Reply

    thank you very much for the piece, is just what i need πŸ™‚

  73. Bibin Joy   October 21, 2010 3:00 pm / Reply

    Gr8!! useful tip…

  74. the O'Neill   October 27, 2010 10:13 am / Reply

    cheers

  75. Tarek   November 30, 2010 11:53 pm / Reply

    Thanks

  76. meowmix   January 20, 2011 9:28 pm / Reply

    thanks, mate. i was right pissed off i couldn’t telnet to test a nntp server. now i can.

  77. Jamshid   March 7, 2011 6:44 am / Reply

    that is good i find the problem

  78. artvandelay   May 11, 2011 5:26 pm / Reply

    thx dude

  79. eyalbis   August 21, 2011 3:18 pm / Reply

    thanks man!!!!

  80. akp   August 22, 2011 8:20 am / Reply

    works perfectly, helped troubleshoot a major sev 1 πŸ™‚

  81. lwpro2   September 18, 2011 8:00 am / Reply

    always useful. thanks for sharing.

  82. Farhan   October 1, 2011 3:53 pm / Reply

    thanx bro, that is cool help for me πŸ˜‰

  83. Max Ricardo Mercurio Ribeiro   October 30, 2011 5:51 pm / Reply

    Thanks !

  84. shiv kanzariya   December 12, 2011 5:19 am / Reply

    thanks….!!! and i want to get more information of server 2008

  85. Anuraj   December 15, 2011 4:18 pm / Reply

    thanks buddy!!!

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