Enabling the Telnet Client on Windows Vista

I finally am running Vista on my main laptop which I use whenever I’m on the road. One thing I almost immediately noticed is 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. This has been annoying me to no end for a couple of weeks now – 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. I figured out this evening that Telnet is 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”

There’s a bunch of other interesting stuff I didn’t know was in Vista in the list in case you’re feeling adventurous.

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