How to install and enable telnet in windows 7


Telnet Client is a useful utility that helps us determine whether remote or local network services are running and reachable from the client side. For example, to test for a service running on port 8080 on a remote host you would type telnet remote host IP 8080 from the command line. Then you act according to the command’s reply. Remember that telnet does not provide you with enough information to diagnose all network/service problems; however, it is a very handy tool! Operating systems before Windows Vista had this utility installed by default but now you have to do some extra steps as detailed below:


  1. In the Search text box from the Start menu type windows features and click the Turn Windows features on or off link


  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel
  2. Click Programs
  3. Click Turn Windows features on or off – A Windows features dialog box pops-up
  4. Select the Telnet Client check box and click Ok

Then allow the system to finish the installation and open a command prompt window. Type telnet enter and help enter to list the command options

For the command line freaks, just run the following command:

start /w pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”

Note, that Telnet will not provide information that you can use for troubleshooting name resolution, network performance, or network connectivity problems.