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Is there a simple telnet command line utility for Windows 7? I am used to the telnet command that is built into UNIX, but I can't seem to find one for Windows that can be used similarly.

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The Telnet client in Windows 7 is disabled by default, and needs to be enabled via Windows' Programs and Features:

Control Panel --> Programs --> Turn Windows features on or off, in the dialog that pops up check-mark "Telnet Client".

For more info see: Why isn't Telnet enabled by default in Windows 7?

And at MS's site you can check out Telnet: frequently asked questions.

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PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix. Download the latest PuTTy for telnet.

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+1 PuTTY is much better than the built-in telnet – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Oct 21 '11 at 20:13
While PuTTY is useful, and can serve the purpose well, What is needed, as stated above, is a utility that allows me to connect directly from the command line, rather than having to run a GUI. – ewok Oct 26 '11 at 18:28

A much better (and FOSS) Telnet client is PuTTY.

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If you need to connect using telnet from the command line, take a look at Plink. Its by the same people that make PuTTY. Plink allows you to script connections to anything PuTTY can connect to. I used plink with simple batch files and perl files on windows with fairly good results (of course you results may vary). If you are just looking to get a telnet connection from command line then the vanilla telnet client in Windows should be okay.

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