How to enable telnet command on Windows 8 and Windows Vista

Are you receiving an error message when trying to execute telnet command on Windows 8 or Windows Vista? “Error message – ’telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file”. This is because the telnet client has not been installed on your Windows 8 PC. You can fix this problem by installing the required Windows Feature on Windows 8.

telnet is not recogonized error message in Windows 8 and Windows Vista

In the metro style Windows 8 menu, navigate to Control Panel then More Settings option. In the Control Panel window, navigate to Program and Features section and click the Turn Windows features on or Off.

Windows 8 Program and Features

In the Windows Features screen, scroll down and select Telnet Client option. Then Ok button to start the installing the telnet client feature.

Windows Features Telnet Client on Windows 8 and Windows Vista

This would display a confirmation message that the feature has been successfully installed. Now you should be able to telnet to any other PC from the Windows 8 PC.

Microsoft Windows Confirmation Message

Also See: How to enable daylight saving notification on Windows 8

In Category: Vista, Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Valinda January 3, 2012, 7:18 am

    This “free shnairg” of information seems too good to be true. Like communism.

  • Jose November 23, 2012, 10:46 am

    Here is a 2 minute video from YouTube which explains how to activate Telnet on Windows 8/7.

  • Bijan December 22, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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