This publication shows students and new users the steps to install and use Telnet when using Windows 11. Telnet is a network protocol that provides access to a command line interface on a remote host. Since then, it has been superseded by a more secure SSH protocol on most systems.

However, Telnet is not dead. Although the protocol is insecure and very old, there are some use cases for Telnet, especially in test situations. It can be used to test remote SQL connections as well as firewall connectivity.

If you are working in a test environment and quickly want to use Telnet to test connectivity, follow the steps below to learn how to install Telnet in Windows 11.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start installing Telnet in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to enable Telnet in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Telnet is still useful in limited situations. If you want to test connectivity quickly, you can use Telnet to do so.

The steps below show you how to enable it in Windows 11.

First, go to Start Menu, then find and open the Control Panel application as shown below.

When the application opens, click the Programs category as highlighted below.

Then click the link to Enable or disable Windows features As shown below.

In the list of Windows features, click Telnet client as highlighted to install. Click okay to begin the installation.

After a short moment, Windows should install Telnet. Once installed, open the command prompt and start using it.

How to install Telnet via command prompt

If you can also install Telnet using the command prompt in Windows 11. To do so, simply click on the Start menu, then search Symbol of the system. Right-click on the Command Prompt app and select Execute as an administrator.

When the command prompt application opens, run the following commands to install Telnet.

dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

How to install Telnet through PowerShell

You can also use PowerShell to install Telnet. As with the command prompt, search for PowerShell, then right-click and Run as administrator.

When the PowerShell application opens, run the following commands to install Telnet.

Install-WindowsFeature -name Telnet-Client

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to install and use Telnet when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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