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Using Command Prompt To Install Telnet Client On Windows

By default, the telnet client is not installed on Windows Vista and above. Maybe it’s something to do with the security weakness of telnet protocol.

Microsoft, however, does bundle this legacy remote access client as well as the Windows-based telnet server as Windows Features. That means, you can turn it on right away instead of downloading one from the Internet.
These methods have tested on Windows 7 as well as the latest Windows 8.1. It should be applicable on Windows Vista and newer Windows OS.

Uses pkgmgr to enable telnet client from Command Prompt

Open a normal Command Prompt window (i.e. elevated privilege is not necessary) to run this Windows Package Manager command:
pkgmgr /iu:TelnetClient

When it completes, wait for a while (ten seconds or so on “powerful” computer, maybe, for the installation to complete), then type telnet to confirm that you’ve successfully enabled the Microsoft telnet client.

To install the Microsoft telnet server too, execute pkgmgr command as this:
pkgmgr /iu:TelnetServer

Using the Windows Features GUI

Using Windows Features GUI to install telnet client

Click START button, type “Windows Features” and select “Turn Windows features on or off” from the search result.

Enable Windows Telnet client

Locate the Windows telnet client and select it then click OK to install.

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