How to enable Telnet Client in Windows 10

Telnet stands for Telecommunication Network. It is the protocol for the network which is used to provide command line interface for communicating with a device. It is used mostly for the remote management. And it is also used in access points and network hardware like switches and some more too.

Telnet, as we said, is mostly used on a terminal screen only (those computers which do not have a graphical interface). There is a text-based user interface and there is no images or graphics available. It provides a way to log on to another device. This method of communication is possible due to Telnet.

Telnet is still in use today or not?

Telnet as we read earlier, is used only on the terminal-based interface is not used in today’s world of the advanced and modern computer. So can we say that it is used in this world right now by every average consumer?  The answer to that question will be a big “NO!”. Because the average computer does not even hear of “Telnet”. So my saying “That Telnet is still is used in today’s era” will be a little preposterous quote. Finally, it is clear that Telnet is not used nowadays, because of the advancement of technology in computer science.

How to use Telnet Client in Windows 10

Even though Telnet is not a safe way of communication nowadays and the technology is nearly outdated or we can say that it is completely outdated, there are still plenty of users that use Telnet even now and the average user can use some of the commands in Command Prompt. But in Windows 10 you can’t use it by simply writing the commands on command prompt because Windows has not enabled this feature natively. So to use Telnet client in Windows 10. Then you have to enable it from the Windows control panel.

How to enable Telnet Client in Windows 10

In the recent updates of Windows, whether it is Windows 7, Windows 8 and the most recent Windows 10, Telnet client is not enabled primarily. Therefore we have to turn it on from the Windows feature settings from Computer’s Control panel. There are two methods to do this.

Method 1: From Control panel

  1. Go to the Control Panel or you can search for it in the Windows search bar.                                                                                                                                               Telnet clienrt
  2. Navigate to the “Programs” and open it.                                                               
  3. Click on “Program And features”.                      
  4. Navigate the cursor to “Turn Windows feature on and off”.                                                                     
  5. Click on it and you will be greeted to Windows features that are either turned off and on.
  6. Look for “Telnet Client” there and turn it on if it is previously been off.                           
  7. Click “Ok” to save your settings.

That’s it. Your telnet client is been turned on and you can use any telnet command of your choice. You can use this command prompt trick as well.

Method 2: From a command line

  1. Press Windows and “R” keys simultaneously from your keyboard.
  2. You will be greeted with windows Run feature, where you can search for anything in the Windows by its command line.                                                                telnet command
  3. Write this command line in the text box                                                                   pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”                                                                                        command for telnet
  4. Click on “Ok” Button.

That’s it, you are done with the steps and you can use Telnet Commands.


By doing any of the methods discussed above, you will be able to enable Telnet client in Windows 10. If any of the methods are suitable for one user then the article will be suitable for that user. You can try both of the methods and if both of them didn’t work for you, let me know in the comments below. By doing so, commands initiated by telnet will run in command prompt and you will be able to use a very good command prompt trick after this.


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