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Installing a Telnet client from Microsoft on Windows systems

If you need a telnet client on a Microsoft Windows system, e.g., a Windows Vista, 7, 8, Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 system, etc., you can install PuTTY, which is probably the most popular telnet client for Microsoft Windows systems, created by Simon Tatham, or you can install one provided by Microsoft from a command line interface (CLI), i.e., a command prompt, using the pkgmgr command as shown below:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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C:\Users\Administrator>pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient"


After you enter the pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient" command, you won't see any indication that the software has been installed. The command prompt will be redisplayed and you may have to wait a couple of minutes afterwards for the installation to be completed depending on the speed of your system. If you see a User Account Control dialog box displayed when you enter the command, provide a userid and password for an administrator account and confirm that you want to allow the action it displays.

After you've installed the telnet client application, you can type telnet at a command prompt to start the client, which will take you to the telnet client prompt:

Welcome to Microsoft Telnet Client

Escape Character is 'CTRL+]'

Microsoft Telnet>

The telnet client program, telnet.exe is installed in \windows\system32.

C:\Windows>dir /s telnet.exe
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 9420-A68C

 Directory of C:\Windows\System32

07/13/2009  08:39 PM            79,872 telnet.exe
               1 File(s)         79,872 bytes

 Directory of C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-telnet-client_31bf3856ad

07/13/2009  08:39 PM            79,872 telnet.exe
               1 File(s)         79,872 bytes

     Total Files Listed:
               2 File(s)        159,744 bytes
               0 Dir(s)  61,068,718,080 bytes free

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