How to Install Telnet Client on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, or Vista

Telnet Client is not installed by default on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008. The procedures to install Telnet Client vary based on the operating system you are using. Microsoft has documented the following instructions on TechNet in this article.

To install Telnet Client by using a command line.

  1. Open a command prompt window. Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Type the following command: pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”.
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  4. When the command prompt appears again, the installation is complete.

To install Telnet Client on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

  1. Start Server Manager. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  3. In the Features Summary section, click Add features.
  4. In the Add Features Wizard, select Telnet Client, and then click Next.
  5. On the Confirm Installation Options page, click Install.
  6. When installation finishes, on the Installation Results page, click Close.

To install Telnet Client on Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. On the Control Panel Home page, click Programs.
  3. In the Programs and Features section, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  5. In the Windows Features list, select Telnet Client, and then click OK.

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