How to Enable Telnet in Windows 7

November 9, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system is much more than a desktop with a few icons in it and a Start menu.

Everywhere you look there are features and functions waiting to be unlocked, either hidden in context menus or in subfolders on the Start menu. They might be awaiting and Administrator password to be activated, or they might be just siting, waiting to be properly installed.

In basic terms, when you boot up Windows 7, you don’t immediately get access to everything. There are several applications waiting for you to visit the right screen and activate them. These applications and utilities perform various tasks include things like Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1, Games and Telnet Client, among others.

Adding and Removing Components in Windows 7

As well as enabling the Telnet client in Windows 7 – which we’ll take a look at next – you can enable and disable Internet Explorer 8.

But why would you want to do this?

Well the obvious reason is, to get rid of the browser. You might be a fan of Firefox or Chrome rather than Internet Explorer 8, and might wish to prevent Microsoft’s native Windows 7 browser from running.

However there are easier ways of preventing Internet Explorer from running, most simply by setting your alternative browser as the default. This can be checked in Start > Default Programs > Set Default Programs.

To check which defaults Internet Explorer has in Windows 7, choose the browser from the list on the left and then click Choose defaults for this program. In the next screen you can then tick or clear boxes to enable or prevent the browser from opening specific file types. Note that while .HTML files can be opened with other browsers, .MHT and .MHTML files must only be opened with Internet Explorer. If you access any of these files regularly, don’t delete them!

Adding Components in Windows 7: Enable Telnet Client

We’ll use the task of enabling the Telnet Client in Windows 7 as an illustration of how components can be activated via the Windows control panel, and then accessed in various ways.

Typically, they can be found in Start > Programs > Accessories, but it entirely depends on the service, utility or application you are attempting to enable. For instance when enabled, Telnet can be accessed via the Command Prompt.

To access the list of utilities and services you can enable in Windows 7, go to Start > Control Panel > Programs.

Here, look for Turn Windows features on or off; the resulting list will display the components that are available for you to add or remove. All you need to do is add a check – in this case to enable Telnet Client in Windows 7 – or clear the check to remove a component. Click OK to confirm, and the changes will be applied.

This might take some time and adding new features will require you to confirm the addition via the User Access Control pop-up box.

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