How to Install the Telnet Client in Windows 7

Telnet is missing from the default install of Windows 7, as it was in Windows Vista.  The process, though, to install it is exactly the same as before:

Start by opening Control Panel and then go to Programs and Features

Then once open, down the left-hand side, you’ll see an option Turn Windows Features on or off – go into that.

Install the Telnet Client in Windows 7
Install the Telnet Client in Windows 7

Then scroll down in the list and check the box next to “Telnet Client” and click OK. Windows will then install telnet, and you’ll be able to run it from a command prompt as normal.

You could, of course, download PuTTY and use that instead of the Windows version of telnet, and benefit from a wide range of additional features.

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