How to Enable TFTP and Telnet Client on Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) is an Internet software utility for transferring files that is simpler to use than the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) but less capable. It is used where user authentication and directory visibility are not required. TFTP uses the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) rather than the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). TFTP is described formally in Request for Comments (RFC) 1350. TFTP is disabled by default in Windows 10/8/7, but if you need this function, you can easily enable TFTP. TFTP is typically used by embedded devices or systems that retrieve firmware, configuration information, or a system image during the boot process from a TFTP server, says TechNet.

Enable TFTP client in Windows 7/8/8.1/10

  • Press the hotkey Win+X to open the administrative menu and Select Control Panel from this menu.

  • In the Control Panel window, Click on the Programs category.

  • This will open a section of Control Panel where you can remove and install new programs as well as enable various features in Windows. Click on Turn Windows features on or off. 
  • A new window “Windows Features” will open up. In this window scroll down and check the check-boxes for TFTP Client and Telnet Client. Click on the OK button.

  • Windows will start installing and activating the feature. It will take less than a minute.Once the process is completed, you will be informed about it, and you will then be able to use TFTP.