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How-to: Enable the telnet command in Windows 7

13 January 2011 by J.M.

Using the telnet command, tech-savvy ones can remote control other computers or check HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and more plain-text connections over the web, by using the telnet command. Though, apparently this command has been removed in Windows 7. It has not. It just doesn’t get installed by default. But you can re-add it anytime.

To enable the hidden telnet command in Windows 7, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, Control Panel.
  2. Choose the Programs section.
  3. Click the Turn Windows features on or off link.
  4. In the appearing window, find the Telnet client item and enable it by ticking the checkbox.
  5. Confirm with OK.

Now you can use the telnet command in command prompts, even while using Windows 7.

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