Telnet is one of the famous network protocol widely used to manage network devices and other equipment that support this protocol. If you are a system or network administrator, I’m sure that you know the importance of having telnet client utility on your Windows 8.1 or latest Windows 10 desktop and laptop. For some strange security reasons, latest Windows versions do not come with installed telnet client. By default you can’t use Windows 10 or 8.1 to connect other network devices without installing telnet clients. Here is a simple guide about how to install and enable telnet on latest Windows 10 and earlier Windows 8/8.1.
If you search for telnet in apps or type ’telnet’ in command prompt, it will return an error message saying ’not recognized as an internal or external command’. Installing the telnet client from control panel in Windows 10 and 8.1 will solve this issue easily.
Installation medium such as CD/DVD, ISO or any other downloads are not required for this purpose, we can simply enable it from control panel.
To Enable Telnet on Windows 10/8.1 & 8 – Follow these Steps.
1) Go to Control Panel.
On Windows 10, you can use the start button to access the control panel. Right click on the button and select Control Panel as shown below.
On Windows 8.1 and 8, you can use the charm bar (by moving the cursor to top right corner or press the Windows key + I ) from desktop then select Control Panel.
2) Even though the following screenshots are taken on Windows 8.1, its all similar on Windows 10 too.
In ‘Category’ control panel view, click ‘Programs’.
3) Click ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ in next screen as shown below.
5) Earlier step will bring a dialog box where you can select extra features to install. Select ‘Telnet Client’ by ticking the box. A small installation will run once you have pressed OK.
That’s it, you do not need to restart the PC after the installation. You have successfully installed telnet client on Windows 10 and 8.1.
Now if you try telnet command in command prompt or search in Apps, you will get the correct telnet prompt as below.
Alternate for Telnet in Windows 10/8.1
The built-in telnet client in Windows Operating Systems is pretty basic. You can’t manage or use it with more devices easily. If you are a professional network administrator, Windows telnet client utility will not be suitable for you. You must have an alternate and professional telnet client in this case.
PuTYY is a great telnet client which is freely available and fully compatible with Windows 10 and 8.1/8.
I hope this guide will be useful.