Where has telnet gone in Windows 7?

People who have upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 may have suddenly realised that Telnet no longer works from the command prompt. If you need to do a simple task that requires telnet, this is particularly annoying. The good news is that it’s still there – it just needs enabling.

Open up Control Panel and go to “Programs and Features”. Select “Turn Windows Features On or Off”. In the list, towards the bottom at the top level, is a check box for “Telnet Client”. Simply select this check box and click “OK”. Telnet will now work from the command prompt.

Improving Windows 7 Startup Time

Recently my laptop has started to boot really slowly. It’s true that it’s got an awful lot installed on it, but it’s a pretty powerful beast so it shouldn’t be this slow.

It turned out that a lot of the performance problems were caused by my trial of Perfect Disk 12 not getting on with my ESET Antivirus program, but along the way I discovered a couple of useful tips on diagnosing boot time:

  1. The easiest way to configure what starts up at boot time is to type “msconfig” in the search box at the start menu and hit return. This tool allows you control what runs at boot (careful…!)
  2. There is an excellent resource here on how to diagnose what is taking up all of the time. Basically, you open up Administrative Tools/Event Viewer and look in Applications and Services Logs/Microsoft/Windows/Diagnostics-Performance/Operational. Everything you need to know about boot up time is enclosed within.