Thursday, November 29, 2007

Installing Telnet in Vista

Windows Vista does not have Telnet client installed by default. I learnt this amazing thing today while trying to show my friend the much famed ASCII version of Star Wars. I have not begun to use Vista as my default OS, its installed in my machine more as a novelty and as a test bench than a thing that I actually work on !

However, I did manage to install Telnet client in Vista following these simple steps :

  1. Launch the "Programs and Features" link in Control Panel (Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features).
  2. Select the "Turn Windows features on or off."
  3. Select the Telnet Client option
  4. Click on OK.
  5. To confirm the installation, a dialog box appears.

What is most amazing is that the client is bundled with the OS but not installed by default !


  1. hehe.. i v been looking for that one.. thanks a lot

  2. BigYaN,

    Telnet is disabled by default because it is so insecure!

    A good substitute for Windows telnet client is AbsoluteTelnet from Celestial Software. Not only does it support telnet as the MS client does, but it also supports SSH, which is a better security choice. It has a tabbed interface, advanced security, and is translated into seven languages!!

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