How to Enable / Disable Telnet Client in Windows 10

TELNET stands for TELecommunication NETwork. Telnet was evolved in the year 1969 and it became standardized as an Internet Standard STD-8 which was one of the first internet standards. Telnet is a text-based program in which you can connect other computers using the internet. Telnet is a part of application layer protocol like HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) which is used on the internet or local area networks to produce a two-way interactive text-oriented communication facility with the help of a virtual terminal connection.

Generally, Telnet is used for accessing remote computers. Telnet program runs on the local computer and connects the computer to a server on the network. Commands can be entered through the Telnet program and they will be executed if entered directly on the server console. This enables the user to control the server and communicate with other servers on the network. To start a Telnet session, one must log in to a server by entering a valid username and password.

Telnet is also called client-server protocol as it is based on reliable connection-oriented transport. A special application of telnet, “reverse telnet” is also used where the server side of the connection reads and writes data to a terminal line in place of providing a command shell.

The following steps in this article will show how to turn on/off Telnet Client in Windows 10:

Step 1:

Right Click on “Start” icon positioned at lower left corner of the screen. Click on “Programs and Features”.


Step 2:

In the left sub menus, Click on “Turn Windows features on or off”. This will open Windows features window.


Step 3:

Click on “Telnet Client” to Enable or Disable this feature. Click on “OK” to finish this process.


Note: A check mark indicates that all of its features are turned on and a filled box indicates that only the part of the feature is turned on.