How to enable Telnet in Windows 7

Telnet was a popular protocol that was used for text messaging across a network. It was commonly used for local intranet network. This is seldom used now. However, if you were using it in Windows XP, then you will miss it in Windows 7.

Running the Telnet Command in the Command Prompt will result in an error message. To enable telnet in Windows 7, follow the below steps.

1. Click Start > Control Panel.

2. In the Control Panel, click on “Programs and Features”. (You need to have the Large or small icons view set in Control Panel).


3. In the left panel of the “Programs and Features” interface, click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.

Turn_Windows_Features4. In the list, check the boxs named “Telnet Client” and “Telnet Server”, and click OK.

telnet_client5. Windows will take some time for the process to complete. Be patient.

6. After the popup vanishes, go ahead and try the telnet command now. It should work. Enjoy messaging in Windows 7!


Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.