Enable Telnet through Command Prompt or Control Panel in Windows 10/8/7

On Windows 10/8/7, the Telnet Client and Server is disabled by default. If you want to enable it, you can do so using the Command Prompt or via the Control Panel.

Enable Telnet in Windows

Using CMD

To enable Telnet through Command Prompt:

  • Click on Start and under search type in CMD
  • Right click on CMD and click on Run as administrator
  • Enter the Administrator password if it prompt
  • Then type in pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient” OR dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient  and hit Enter to enable the Telnet Client.
  • Use pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetServer” command to enable the Telnet Server.

Via Control Panel

In case if you want to enable it through Windows Explorer here are the steps:

  • Click on Start and under search type in appwiz.cpl
  • Then click Turn Windows feature on or off from the right side panel
  • There look for Telnet Server and Telnet Client and click on that box
  • Click OK and reboot the system if prompted.

That’s it!

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.