Enabling Telnet on Vista or Windows 7

One thing I almost immediately noticed when Vista (and more recently Win7)  came out was that if I open a a command prompt and try to use telnet, I get informed that ‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Telnet is one of the first tools I use to troubleshoot a problem … telnet server port to see if it’s even listening and I can connect. Telnet is now an optional feature which you can enable in the control panel:
  1. Start> Control Panel
  2. Programs and Features
  3. Click “Turn Windows features on or off” on left.
  4. Scroll down and check “Telnet Client”
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