A: Windows XP had an application called HyperTerminal that was great for communicating with COM ports and performing Telnet operations. It’s no longer provided in Windows 7.

A great alternative I use is PuTTY, which is a free program. They also make PuTTY on Windows Mobile

Related: Using HyperTerminal as your Telnet interface

If you really want the original XP HyperTerminal, do the following:

  1. Open the Windows XP media, navigate to the I386 folder, and copy the 4 HYPERTRM.* files (.CH_, .DL_, .EX_ and .HL_) to a local folder
  2. Open a command prompt at the folder where you copied the four files.
  3. Expand them with the EXPAND command:

 

D:\Temp>expand -R hyper*.* d:\temp

This is the output that results:

Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 6.1.7600.16385
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Adding d:\temp\hypertrm.chm to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ....

Expanding Files Complete ...
Adding d:\temp\hypertrm.dll to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ....

Expanding Files Complete ...
Adding d:\temp\hypertrm.exe to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ....

Expanding Files Complete ...
Adding d:\temp\hypertrm.hlp to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ....

Expanding Files Complete ...

 XP HyperTrm.exe is now on your Windows 7 machine.

Learn more: How can I prevent an unattended installation from installing the HyperTerminal feature?

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