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enable Telnet Windows 11

To remotely access servers, you need to use Telnet. If your PC is running Windows 11, how can you enable Telnet in Windows 11 or install it on the machine? Read this post and you can find a detailed guide offered by MiniTool Solution.

What Is Windows Telnet?

Telnet is an application protocol used on the local area network or Internet and it allows you to connect to a different computer. Telnet was developed in 1969 and it offers a command-line interface to communicate with a device since there were no browsers or graphical operating systems at that time.

Related article: Telnet: What It Is, What Does It Do and How to Use It

On most computers, it is replaced with a more secure SSH protocol. Although Telnet is outdated, it is not dead and still part of Windows 11. In some situations, you still need to use Windows Telnet, for example, test remote SQL connections and firewall connectivity

In Windows 11, Telnet is disabled by default. To use it, you need to enable Telnet for Windows 11 or install it on your PC. Well then, how can you perform the operation? Move to the next part to get the ways.

Tip: If you are still using Windows 10 and want to use Telnet, how can you enable or install it on Windows 10? Find the ways from our related article - 2 Ways to Enable/Install Telnet on Windows 10.

How to Install/Enable Telnet Windows 11?

Enable Telnet Windows 11 via Control Panel

In Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista, you need to open Telnet Client in Control Panel before executing any Telnet commands. 

The following is how to enable Telnet Windows 11:

Step 1: Click the search bar, type control panel, and click the result to open this tool.

Step 2: View the items by Category and click Programs.

Step 3: Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, scroll down to find Telnet Client and then tick the checkbox of this item.

Step 5: Click OK to save the change.

enable Telnet Windows 11 Control Panel

After a while, Windows 11 should have enabled Telnet.

Enable Telnet CMD in Windows 11

To install Telnet on Windows 11, you can use Command Prompt (CMD) besides enabling Telnet in Control Panel.

Step 1: Type command prompt to the search box of Windows 11, right-click the tool, and choose Run as administrator.

Step 2: In the CMD window, type the command - dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient and press Enter to execute this command.

Step 3: After Windows performs the operation successfully, you need to restart your PC. Type Y and press Enter.

Install Telnet Windows 11 via PowerShell

Follow these steps to install Telnet on Windows 11 using PowerShell:

Step 1: Open the start menu and type powershell in the search box.

Step 2: Right-click Windows PowerShell and choose Run as administrator.

Step 3: Type Install-WindowsFeature -name Telnet-Client and click Enter.

Step 4: Also, you need to restart your PC.

To use Telnet in Windows 11, you can open Command Prompt, type telnet, and then press Enter. You will get a message saying Microsoft Telnet>. It is where Telnet commands are entered. Then, you can type Telnet commands to communicate with a remote computer. To know all supported Telnet commands, you can execute the help command in CMD.

Final Words

That’s all the information about how to enable or install Telnet for Windows 11. Just choose one way based on your needs to install the client on your PC so that you can remotely access a different computer on the local network or Internet.

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