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winddows vistaTelnet is an old “Internet protocol used on the Internet or local area networks to provide a bidirectional interactive communications facility. Typically, telnet provides access to a command-line interface on a remote host via a virtual terminal connection which consists of an 8-bit byte oriented data connection over the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). User data is interspersed in-band with TELNET control information.” (Source Wikipedia) Due to security reason such a feature has been disabled in Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you wish to turn on and enable Telnet in Windows Vista and Windows 7, here is what to do.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click  Control Panel.
  3. Now, go to Programs or Programs and Features.
  4. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  5. In the Windows Features dialog box, tick Telnet Client check box.
  6. Click OK.

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10 Comments to “How to enable Telnet in Windows Vista and Windows 7”

  1. CEF Says:

    Thank you very much. Its working!!!!

  2. Gradius Says:

    It was removed on SP1

  3. suresh d Says:

    i have got telnet service in win 7 but even it’s not working properly.

  4. jidson Says:


  5. renil Says:

    please send how to start up with telnet….?
    i have a software for home automation via telnet..
    but no idea about telnet…..plse help me if you can…….
    my email id is renilraju2050@gmail.com…………..

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  7. Veera Says:

    Thank you very much.Its working now.

  8. Chris Says:

    Thanks. It really helped

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  10. Brian Pence Says:

    Microsoft disables telnet by default because it is not secure. You should use SSH instead, which has built-in encryption and authentication (login).

    Brian Pence
    Celestial Software
    AbsoluteTelnet / SSH client for Windows
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