Telnet is disabled by default for both Windows 7 and Vista. I assume this was an attempt at improving security, for obvious reasons…

Regardless, in order to enable telnet on these operating systesms, follow the directions below:

It’s very rare that I use Telnet these days, so it took a long time for me to notice that by default it was not packaged with Windows 7. I did some research and found out that this was also true for Windows Vista. More than likely 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. However, with that being said, you can quickly re-enable Telnet by following these steps:

1. Click Start
2. Enter the Control Panel
3. Navigate to Programs
4. Go to Programs And Features
5. Click Turn Windows features on or off
6. Check Telnet Client
7. Click OK

After you have enabled telnet, you should be able to use it by entering the Command Prompt with the telnet command.

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