Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt

You can manually enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD prompt, and it’s super easy. Telnet is an application protocol that allows you to connect to a different computer. It stands for Terminal Network, which was introduced way back in 1969. Telnet offers a command-line interface to communicate with a device.

In Windows 11, Telnet is disabled by default and can be enabled manually using command prompt when required. The process of enabling telnet only needs to be done once and only requires a few simple steps.

Telnet has been useful for managing and testing network access for developers and administrators. When the Telnet client is enabled, you can run commands on a remote server and the output of these will be returned to the Telnet client.

There are multiple ways to enable telnet on Windows 11:

  • Via Control Panel
  • Using the Command Prompt
  • PowerShell

Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt

Perform the following steps to enable telnet on Windows 11 using the command prompt: On a Windows 11 PC, click Start, type “command prompt” in the search box, right-click the tool, and choose “Run as administrator.”

Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt
Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt

In the CMD window, type the command – dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient and press Enter to run the command.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.25267.1000

Image Version: 10.0.25267.1000

Enabling feature(s)
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The operation completed successfully.
Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt
Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt

After the telnet is enabled, you must restart your PC.

How to Check if Telnet Is Enabled On Windows 11

After you install Telnet on Windows 11, you can verify whether the Telnet is enabled with the following steps.

  • Click Start and launch the Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type the command Telnet and press Enter key.
  • A new Telnet CMD opens which confirms the Telnet is enabled on the Windows 11 PC.

You can now run the Telnet commands and perform the troubleshooting. To exit out of the Telnet shell, type q, and you should now get back to normal command prompt.

Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt
Manually Enable Telnet on Windows 11 using CMD Prompt
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