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Definition of HyperTerminal in the Network Encyclopedia.

What is HyperTerminal?

HyperTerminal is a communication utility included in Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 that provides terminal access to remote computers using a modem.


You can use HyperTerminal to send and receive files between your computer and a remote computer over a modem and to connect to remote computer bulletin board systems.

If you want to access files and printers on a remote computer running Windows over a modem, use Dial-Up Networking instead of HyperTerminal. (With Windows 2000, use Network and Dial-up Connections.)

HyperTerminal Alternatives for Windows 7/8/10

Network administrators can also use HyperTerminal to remotely connect to routers, switches, and other devices that support VT100 terminal emulation, and enter text commands for configuring the device.

HyperTerminal Alternatives for Windows 7/8/10

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 7, Vista, and 10, you will no longer find the HyperTerminal program. If you need HyperTerminal to control serial devices, there is a way to get it back! Also, there are several new alternatives to HyperTerminal that are probably better for secure shell access and troubleshooting modems.

You can use the new Windows Remote Shell command-line option in Windows 7/8/10. To learn more about using WRS, simply open a command prompt and type in winrs /?.

HyperTerminal Alternatives:

  • HyperTerminal Private Edition – commercial terminal emulation program that you can use to communicate with serial COM ports, dial-up modems, and TCP/IP networks. (visit Hilgraeve website)
  • TeraTerm – an open-source terminal emulator and SSH module that supports IPv6, SSH1, SSH2, Telnet, serial ports, and file transfer protocols (XMODEM, Kermit, ZMODEM, B-PLUS, etc). (download the latest version of TaraTerm)
  • Original XP HyperTerminal – extract two files from your XP installation and copy them over to Windows 7/8/10. The two files you will need are hypertrm.dll and hypertrm.exe. Simply copy those files into any directory on your machine and it will work. You should be able to find hypertrm.exe in C:\Program Files\Windows NT and hypertrm.dll in C:\Windows\System32. If you have the Windows XP CD, you should be able to find both of these files in the i386 directory on the CD.