I need to add myself to the TelnetClients group on Windows 8, I knew how to do this in Windows 7 and before that but I guess everything has changed. I have looked through all the account settings and came up with nothing.

  • The process should be exactly the same. What version of Windows 8 exactlly Professional or Core? – Ramhound Nov 28 '12 at 15:48
  • I assume I have core then. I go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. I can't find Local Users and Groups anywhere. – WalterM Nov 28 '12 at 16:35
  • You need to verify what version of Windows 8 you have. Check the same way you would on Windows 7, hit properties on My Computer, and post the results. If you do have Windows 8 Core` then I don't think you can do what you want. – Ramhound Nov 28 '12 at 17:28
  • Can you manage other groups on Windows 8, but not TelnetClients? – Guy Thomas Nov 28 '12 at 22:20
  • It says my Windows Edition is just "Windows 8" so I assume its core since it doesn't say "Windows 8 Professional." It would be unfortunate if I couldn't do it though. Nope, I can't manage any groups since I can't figure out how to. – WalterM Nov 29 '12 at 4:31

Use the command 'net localgroup' as follows. This works on non-Pro Win 8 as well.

  1. Open a privileged command prompt: Open Explorer and search for 'cmd.exe'. When it appears in the file list, right-click and select 'Run as Administrator'.

  2. Run the command: In the privileged command prompt window, enter the command as follows:

    net localgroup [groupname] [username] /add

    To see a list of local groups available, just type:

    net localgroup

    To see other options, type:

    net help localgroup

Type lusrmgr.msc in "RUN" dialogue box which is accessible via shortcut key combination WinKey + R.

I must mention I'm not sure if it works in non "Pro" versions of windows 8. you can try it any way...

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    From olsonm: In Windows 8 core using lusrmgr.msc will not work as it will tell you the snapin is unavailable with that version. I just tried it. – Canadian Luke REINSTATE MONICA Apr 29 '13 at 19:20
  • Works in Win 8 pro for sure. The net localgroup option is your best bet in Home (non pro) – Warren P Jun 30 '13 at 23:34
  • Thanks for this answer, and it certainly does get the job done with Pro. However, is there not a way to Navigate to this screen? Otherwise, I think it's a bit asinine of Microsoft to level this out! – RLH Oct 17 '13 at 15:59

Per the additional detail in the comments, and the last post on this thread, Windows 8 non-Pro lacks the Local Users and Groups entry in Computer Management. It is also lacking the Group Policy Editor.

If you need to manage groups on your computer, you need Windows 8 Pro.


The method described for Win7, in the Link titled "Editing TelnetClients Group on Windows 7 Home Premium " (How do you resolve the error "Access Denied: Specified user is not a member of TelnetClients groups."?) also works for Win8 STD edition - I just verified it:

Open a command prompt using "Run as administrator"
Enter the following command: net localgroup TelnetClients /add [username]
You should see: "The command completed successfully."
To verify, run this command: net localgroup TelnetClients
You should see the account listed as a Member of the TelnetClients group

I don't have Windows 8 to try this, but this works on Windows 7 Home Premium which also doesn't have the Group Policy Editor, so I'd guess something similar to this will work on Windows 8 too:

Editing TelnetClients Group on Windows 7 Home Premium (See my post in this thread.)

If someone can confirm that or something similar to it works on Windows 8, please feel free to update this post with the proper Windows 8 speak.

Also, if you want to update another group, simply change TelnetClients to the desired group name.


You can use the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe).

  1. From the start screen search for (just start typing) mmc.exe.
  2. Click on mmc from list to start it.
  3. You may be asked for permission.
  4. Once the mmc starts choose file-> Add/Remove Snap-in.
  5. Choose the Local Users and Groups Snap-in (Note all the other things you can add!).
  6. Click add.
  7. Click finish .
  8. Click OK.
  9. Navigate to the group you want. Double click the group, then you can add users.

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