Two Ways To Enable Telnet Client In Windows 8

For security reasons, Windows 7 and Windows 8 come without a Telnet client pre-installed. This does not mean that Windows does not contain the Telnet functionality. It just needs to be enabled. Here are two ways to enable the Telnet client in Windows 8.

Enable Telnet using command line

To enable Telnet in Windows 8 using the command line, just follow the instructions below:

Go to Run (WinKey + R) and issue the following command:
pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”

This will automatically enable the Telnet client for you. There will be no confirmation message. It will do the job pretty silently.

enabling telnet using command line

To make sure that the client is installed successfully, open the command prompt and type telnet. This should change the prompt to Microsoft Telnet>

Welcome to telnet client

A quick tip, you can exit from the telnet prompt by typing ‘quit’ and pressing enter.

Similarly, you can install Telnet server by using the following command:

pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetServer”

If you want to uninstall the Telnet client using command line, issue the following command:

pkgmgr /up:”TelnetClient”

To uninstall the Telnet server, use the following command:

pkgmgr /up:”TelnetServer”

Install Telnet using Programs and Features

Although command line is the easiest way to enable or disable telnet, if you are not comfortable with it, you can install telnet visually using the steps below:

You will need to go to Programs and Features control panel item. In Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner of the screen and select ‘Programs and Features‘ from the menu. You can open the same by using the command control appwiz.cpl from Run (WinKey + R).

Programs and Features

On the left hand menu, click on ‘Turn Windows features on or off‘. Find and check ‘Telnet client’ from the list. Click OK. This will install Telnet client in Windows 8. Now you can issue the telnet commands from the command line.

turn on Telnet client

I hope this will be useful for you. Which method do you prefer? command line or visual? Do you use telnet for accessing other machines remotely?

3 thoughts on “Two Ways To Enable Telnet Client In Windows 8

  1. Go to Run (WinKey + R) and issue the following command:
    pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”
    Funny – didn’t work when I ran it using the above method, BUT when I opened a command prompt (as shown in your screendump) it worked fine.

    Thanks for the post.

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    1. Yes it’s not widely used now but I always use is for quick analysis and troubleshooting of the network communication problems. Since it’s included in all versions of Windows, it becomes easy to troubleshoot via telnet without installing any third party app.

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