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Windows 7: How do I enable telnet:// protocol links in IE8 for Windows 7 x64

20 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64&x86, Windows XP
How do I enable telnet:// protocol links in IE8 for Windows 7 x64

I am a Desktop support tech for a big company in Portland, OR. Along with desktops, I also assist in managing some of the network gear; including Cisco switches. Unfortunately not all the switches are SSH capable. To keep track of the switches, I have a website saved that contains a bunch of "ssh:ipaddresshere" and "telnet://ipaddresshere" links. These links go to the various switches that I help maintain. Due to network policy, I am unable to use any other browser other than IE.
(I know, suck right )

So if I need to access a switch, I bring up that website and click on the opens up "kitty.exe" and connects using the correct protocol...tadaa! I have figured out how to enable those protocol links in IE8 for Windows 7 x86 and Windows XP; thanks to an earlier post on this forum. I will be happy to share my results and what I have learned on how to do this for Windows 7 x86 as well as XP. *Yes still using IE8*
It involves a couple registry settings and copying kitty.exe to your root drive. ( Default C:\ )

I have a Windows 7 x64 client that I work with on occasion and would like to use those links. At this time, whenever I click on a "telnet://" link it just says "unable to open" When I click on "ssh:" links they open fine using the kitty.exe client (born from Putty). Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

I've read in other forums and posts here that I need to do the same thing for x86 to WoW6432Node, but it doesn't give any details and I am leery of changing registry files without direct knowledge as to what I am changing.

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20 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10


Welcome to seven forums, try the steps here in post 10, it explains it for you

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13 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 x64&x86, Windows XP

Thank you for that info. I used that to get my x86 registry set and configured and it worked BEAUTIFULLY!

Still running into the same issue with x64 machines.
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17 Aug 2014   #4

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Welcome to Seven Forums Kilborndj. See if this site has the details to allay your concerns

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