If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows Vista, or Windows 7 or Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 and are wondering what happened to HyperTerminal, you’re not alone!
HyperTerminal was a sweet little program that let you connect to other computers, Telnet sites, host computers, BBSs, etc using your modem or Ethernet connection.

In Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, you will no longer find the HyperTerminal program.
If you need HyperTerminal to control serial devices, there is a way to get it back!

Windows Remote Shell

Firstly, if you only need remote shell access, you can use the new Windows Remote Shell command line option in Windows Vista and UP.
To learn more about using WRS, simply open a command prompt and type in
winrs /?.

windows remote shell

It’s basically a SSH replacement that allows remote command line access over an encrypted connection. It also uses the SOAP protocol.

Phone and Modem Options

If you were using HyperTerminal to troubleshoot modems, you can now use Phone and Modem Options to do this. Go to Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sounds and then click on Phone and Modem Options.

hyperterminal windows 7

All you have to do is provide information about the Country/Region, Area Code, Carrier Code, and Outside Dial Number to access the dialog box. Once you do that, you can troubleshoot your modem in Windows Vista and UP.

Original XP HyperTerminal

If you just can’t live without the original HyperTerminal in Windows XP, you can actually extract FIVE (5) files from your XP installation and copy them over to your Windows.

The 5 files you will need are


Simply copy those files into C:\Windows\System32 on your machine and it will work!
If you have the Windows XP CD, you should be able to find all of these files in the
i386 directory on the CD.
(I recommend Windows XP, SP3 for best compatibility, yet all SP versions work fine!)
You don't have it?
CLICK HERE to download these 5 files from my site!

HyperTerminal in Windows 7 Ultimate!

windows 7 hyperterminal

So that’s about it! Even though HyperTerminal is no longer in Windows Vista, 7 and UP, do this trick and you are ON.
I know you want it simply because you’ve been using it for a long time, at the past ;)