How to enable Telnet Client in Windows 8

This article guides you to install and enable telnet in Windows 8. Windows 8 Developer Preview was released few weeks ago for general public. Windows 8 comes without telnet client for security reasons.

How to enable Telnet in Windows 8

We all know that Windows 8 Developer Preview was released few weeks ago for use by general public. Lot of new features of Windows 8 were introduced during the Build conference where Windows 8 Developer Preview was released. But some features were also removed due to security reasons. One such feature is telnet client which does not come by default with Windows 8. So it is not possible for you to connect to other computers with telnet. If you type 'telnet' in command prompt, it will return an error message saying 'not recognized as an internal or external command'. This problem can be solved by enabling telnet client in Windows 8.

This articles gives you a simple method to install and enable telnet in Windows 8. Please follow the instructions given below:
  • First click on "Control Panel"

  • In the search box at the top right corner of the control panel, search for "Programs and Features".

  • Now click on "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel

  • Now click on "Turn Windows features on or off" in next screen
  • Now you will see a dialog box where you can select extra features

  • Select "Telnet Client" by selecting the check box next to it. The installation will run after you press OK button

  • Install Telnet Client on Windows 8

  • There is no need for restarting. You can now directly start using telnet client in Windows 8

If you are using Windows 7, I have published another article on how to enable Telnet on Windows 7. If you have any questions on how to use Telnet on Windows 8, please post your questions below as a comment.

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Guest Author: Inti22 Nov 2012

Here is a video from YouTube to activate Telnet on Windows 8/7

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