How to Enable Telnet Program in Windows 8 [Command Way and Windows Way]

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Telnet is a network protocol that allows a user on one computer to log on to another computer that is part of the same network. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 come with pre-installed Telnet programs but for the security reasons, it is disabled in both OS. In case you need to use Telnet then you can enable it in Windows 8 as well as Windows 7. The process will remain the same for Windows 7 and 8. You can enable Telnet in Windows in two different ways: either via Command or from the Control Panel. I have explained both methods below.

Enable Telnet from Control Panel:

Enabling the Telnet program from Windows Control Panel is an easier and faster way than doing it via the command so first I will explain how you can enable Telnet from the Windows 8 Control Panel. Open your Control Panel then click on Uninstall or Change a Program > Turn Windows Features On or Off.


The Windows Features window has the option to turn the available Windows 8 features on or off. To enable Telnet, just check the box labeled Telnet Client and Telnet Server then click on the OK button. Windows will take a few seconds to install the Telnet feature after which you will be able to use this program on Windows.



Enable Telnet using command line:

Advanced users will prefer the command line option to enable the Telnet feature in Windows 7 and 8. It is quickest way to enable Telnet because in the command prompt, you do not need to follow a set of steps. Generally, GUI users do not like to use command prompt but if you are used to working with command prompt then you can use the following command to enable Telnet in Windows 8:

pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”



To make sure that Telnet program is successfully installed on your system, you can use it via entering the Telnet command.


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