Where is telnet in Windows 7? Or Windows 7 is missing telnet.exe

So I opened a command prompt to test that a port is open using the standard practive test:

telnet ipaddress port

For example, I was checking if RDP was open to an address:

C:\Users\jbarneck> telnet 3389

However, Windows 7 just complained.

‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

So where is telnet in windows 7? Well, I am first going to check Add / Remove Programs to see if I can add it.

  1. Open Add / Remove Programs. Here is how if you don’t know.
    1. Click on Start.
    2. Type in Add / Remove Programs.
    3. Selecte and start Add / Remove Programs.
  2. I then clicked on “Turn Windows Features On or Off”.
  3. I then found the “Telnet Client” option.
  4. I checked the box and clicked OK.And the Telnet client installed.So I have windows 7 ultimate. I understand leaving telnet off Windows 7 home by default, but I don’t understand why to leave it off of Windows 7 Ultimate. Oh, well. I guess we will just have to enable it ever time when we want it.


  1. CESAR says:

    Thank you so much!!!

  2. srinuvasu says:

    sir i have windows7 ultimate.i want to activate telnet in my computer so what i do sir reply me
    thank u

    • Rhyous says:

      I am confused as to why you would ask a question about how to do something that this post tells you how to do?

      Here is another post that tells you have to do it with the command line:

  3. srinuvasu says:

    i have a windows 7 ultimate. i want activate telnet my computer so what i do pls sir reply me

  4. ndi says:

    tks it works
    I'm running Window 7

    1. start
    2. control panel
    3. Programs and Features
    4.I then clicked on “Turn Windows Features On or Off”.
    5.I then found the “Telnet Client” option and enable it server and client

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  6. ElCoCo says:

    Yep.. 10x a million!

  7. arveena says:

    thanx a lot its working now .................

  8. niks says:

    thankx a lot... had stucked here quite long!!!

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