How to enable Telnet in Windows Vista / 7

telnetIt’s very rare that I use Telnet ever, so  when developing for Android  and I required to use telnet to interface with their emulator, it took a long time for me to notice that by default it was not enabled with Windows 7 though it was installed. I did some research and found out that this was also true for Windows Vista.

 

It is most likely the case that this was an attempt to make Windows more secure by default, as Telnet is very insecure and whenever you have the choice you should always use SSH. In fact, just in case you are a paranoid computer user like me, use the service only for local connections and prevent it from going or accepting anything from the outside using your firewall. However, with that being said, you can quickly re-enable Telnet by following these steps:

  1. Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Programs And Features
  4. Turn Windows features on or off
  5. Check Telnet Client
  6. Hit OK

After that you can start Telnet via Command Prompt. Now you can easily manipulate your emulator, or do whatever other task you may require with telnet.

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