How to Enable Telnet Client In Windows 10

Telnet is a protocol that allows you to connect to remote computers over a TCP/IP network (such as the Internet)“. You can make a connection to a telnet server (i.e., the remote host), using telnet client software on your computer. It the IT field, telnet is mostly used for checking if the TCP ports between two nodes are open or not.

There are several software available online using which you can connect remote host via telnet. However, Windows 10 itself provides telnet client for the same purpose, but it is not enabled by default. For using the telnet on Windows 10 PC, you need to enable it first in Windows Features.

How to Enable Telnet Client in Windows 10 from Windows Features Applet?

Let’s start the process of enabling telnet client in Windows 10. We will be using Windows Features utility via Control Panel to enable telnet. Just follow these steps:

Step 1

Open Control panel from Start menu.

Search “turn windows features” in control panel and click on Turn Windows features on or off in search results.

This will open Windows features window where you can turn on or off Windows features.

Step 2

In Windows Features window, scroll down and check the box next to Telnet Client and then click on OK.

It will take some time for Windows to apply these changes. After successfully enabling telnet client, click on Close.

Step 3

You can test telnet client by running it from Command prompt or from RUN. To use telnet, type command in following format in telnet window:

telnet <hostname> <port>

You can avoid providing port to use default port. You can use following address for example: towel.blinkenlights.nl

Above telnet server is for watching Star Wars in ASCII mode.

Enable and Use Telnet in Windows 10

Enabling telnet in Windows 10 is quite easy. You can easily enable it in Windows Features and you are good to go. Hope this tutorial helped you enabling telnet client service in Windows 10. You can also enable other services using the same process. In case you need to disable telnet in Windows 10, you can go to Windows Features again and disable it from there. Feel free to drop your queries and suggestions in comment section down below.

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