In Linux, it is possible to send and receive network messages using the /dev/tcp device file. This is useful for example, when there is a need to download a file or send a message to a remote host from a very basic Linux installation (no Telnet, no SSH, no browser etc.)
I'm looking for an equivalent in Windows. I know that using Telnet, Netcat or even Powershell are some possibilities to connect to remote servers. However, I'm looking for a solution which works without needing to install and/or download something and without Telnet and Powershell (as those are not necessarily installed on available, depending on the Windows version and the current user's rights).
Is it possible to send and receive network messages in Windows without using Telnet or Powershell and without using external programs? If yes, how?