Once upon a time, Telnet was king. It’s a protocol that can be used for text-
based communications across a network (Internet or local) in a terminal window,
most often to provide a command line interface to a remote computer. It’s not
very secure, but there might still be times when you need to use it, such as
accessing older proprietary applications on host machines. But where is it in
Windows 7? If you try to use the telnet command at a command prompt, you’ll get
an error message, and you won’t find it in the Start | Programs | Accessories
menu. That’s because you have to first enable it. The good news is that it’s
easy to do. Just follow these steps:
- Click Start | Control Panel.
- Click the Programs and Features icon.
- In the left pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
- In the list of features, scroll down to “Telnet Client” and check the
- Click OK and wait while the change is applied.
- Now click Start and type cmd in the Search box to open a command
prompt. Type telnet and you should see “Welcome to Microsoft Telnet
Client” and a Telnet prompt.