How to Enable Telnet Client in Windows 10.

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020

As you may have already discovered, in Windows 10, the Telnet command, "is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file". This is happening, because the Telnet client, which is a very useful tool for administrators to verify and test the network connectivity, is disabled by default in Windows 10.

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FIX Telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command - Windows 10

In this tutorial you 'll find all the available ways to enable the 'Telnet' command in Windows 10 in order to resolve the error "telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file".

How to Turn On Telnet Client in Windows 10.

Method 1. Enable Telnet Client from Programs & Features.
Method 2. Enable Telnet Client from Command Prompt.
Method 3. Enable Telnet client from PowerShell or Command Prompt using DISM.

Method 1. How to Enable Telnet Client from Programs & Features.

1. Open Programs and features in Control Panel.
2. Click Turn Windows features on or off, on the left.

How to Enable Telnet Client in Windows 10.

3. Select the Telnet Client and click OK.

Windows Features - Turn On Telnet Client

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4. Let Windows to install the required files for the Telnet client.
5. When the installation in completed, click Close, any you're done!

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Method 2. How to Install Telnet Client from Command Prompt in Windows 10.

To enable the Telnet client from command prompt in Windows 10:

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do that:

1. At the search box type: command prompt or cmd
2. Right-click at Command Prompt result and select Run As Administrator.

command prompt as administrator windows 10

2. In command prompt, paste the below command and press Enter.

  • pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient”

Enable Telnet Client command in Windows 10

Method 3. How Add Telnet Client feature from PowerShell in Windows 10.

1. Open PowerShell (or Command Prompt) as Administrator. To open PowerShell as administrator:

1. At the search box type: powershell
2. Right click on Windows PowerShell on the results and select Run as administrator.

powershell as administrator windows 10

3. In PowerShell, give the following command to enable the Telnet client:

  • dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

Enable Telnet Client PowerShell Windows 10

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