How to Enable Telnet Feature in Vista and Windows 7

Enable Telnet Feature in Vista and Win 7Most of you may be familiar with the telnet command. It is one of the well known Windows IP Utilities. If you are using a Windows XP computer, the telnet command is available by default. However, in case of Vista and Windows 7, the telnet command is disabled by default.

So, when you try to use the telnet command in Windows Vista/7 you get the following error message:

‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

You get this error because unlike Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 have the telnet feature disabled by default. So, in order to fix this issue, you will have to manually enable/turn on the telnet feature.

Here is a step-by-step procedure to turn on the telnet feature in Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Go to the Control Panel.

  2. Click on the sub heading “Uninstall a program” under the main heading Programs.

    NOTE: IF you are in the Classic View click on Programs and Features.
  3. In the left panel under the Tasks select the option Turn Windows features on or off.

  4. Now, a new window will open up. In this new window, select the following options:

    Telnet Client
    Telnet Server (optional)
  5. After selecting click on OK.

Now, wait for few minutes till the telnet feature is installed. Once the telnet feature is installed you can go to the command prompt and use the telnet command. System restart is not required.

I hope this article has helped you. Pass your comments.


  1. h47ch1
    December 30, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Thnx m8 worked like pie! keep the gr8 work!

  2. Slim0123
    December 31, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    If you prefer a bit of security on your system then don’t enable telnet server coz it opens up some vulnerabilities of system that can be hacked by any good knowhow person

  3. ahmad
    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    i tried to do as u said but in my windows features didnt display anything.
    im on windows vista business.dunno or doesnt it work on vista bussiness?

    • Srikanth
      May 15, 2009 at 7:10 AM

      @ ahmad

      Wait for a few minutes and it’ll display all the options where in you can install telnet feautre.

  4. jitendra
    July 14, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    gr8 brother………….

  5. Jebastin
    July 30, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    thanks a loc. i wanna kiss you :)

  6. MLD
    May 2, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Goddamn Youmake me Happy MAN!! thanks a milion

  7. Himanshu
    May 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Thank you.. it worked..

  8. Rovid
    June 6, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    hii.. Srikant
    do you tell me where in “”,, i found control panel to upload an .php script through file manager,, i didn’t find it.
    plz tell…

  9. voinuoc
    July 20, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    it’s great! thanks much!

  10. Sh@r@n
    July 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Hey it worked …..thanq…

  11. Sh@r@n
    July 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    But the problem is all the msgs im sending are gng into Spam…..How can i send directly to inbox…..plz help me

  12. shahrooz
    January 21, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Hi Srikanth
    you are amazing
    someone on this site said you have a book about hacking step by step
    where can i find this book and what is the name of this lovely book,is there any site that i can buy it on that?!?

  13. Mahesh
    December 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Thanks BUddy, it worked, Really helpfull.

  14. dibya jyoti das chhaygaon
    December 19, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    sir lost my hot mail password and try to reset my password but it is not work , please saggest me how can i get my password

  15. SupeR HackeR
    March 17, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    thank you i done That But Take Few Time

  16. Mustapha
    June 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Thanks u r really helping. I just started my career in hacking n u r helping me a lot

  17. Emmanuel Kant
    October 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    thanks a lot for all the info…bravo

    I need to lear how i can create a Trojan horse that can gain access to email n give me feedbacks.. i want to use it for my 6 months IT project

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