November 15, 2009

Where is telnet in Windows 7? Or Windows 7 is missing telnet.exe

Filed under: Windows 7 — J. Abram barneck @ 4:56 pm

So I opened a command prompt to test that a port is open using the standard practive test:

telnet ipaddress port

For example, I was checking if RDP was open to an address:

C:\Users\jbarneck> telnet 3389

However, Windows 7 just complained.

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

So where is telnet in windows 7? Well, I am first going to check Add / Remove Programs to see if I can add it.

  1. Open Add / Remove Programs. Here is how if you don't know.
    1. Click on Start.
    2. Type in Add / Remove Programs.
    3. Selecte and start Add / Remove Programs.
  2. I then clicked on "Turn Windows Features On or Off".
  3. I then found the "Telnet Client" option.
  4. I checked the box and clicked OK.

    And the Telnet client installed.

    So I have windows 7 ultimate. I understand leaving telnet off Windows 7 home by default, but I don't understand why to leave it off of Windows 7 Ultimate. Oh, well. I guess we will just have to enable it ever time when we want it.



  1. thankx a lot… had stucked here quite long!!!

    Comment by niks — December 15, 2009 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

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  3. thanx a lot its working now ……………..

    Comment by arveena — August 11, 2010 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  4. Yep.. 10x a million!

    Comment by ElCoCo — September 23, 2011 @ 3:20 am | Reply

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