Recently I was hired to work on a Government project. They are 100% Microsoft shop expect for few Redhat boxes and Cisco gear.


They also have lots of customized VPN and cisco routers supplied by local company. Apart from securing those RHEL boxes, I had to connect routers / vpn devices via a local com port to upgrade BIOS and other configurations. They have Windows vista on all desktops and my Laptop has no serial port. So I decided to use old good HyperTerminal. I thought HyperTerminal is still under the Programs > Accessories > Communications menu. I failed to locate hypertrm.exe. From Microsoft support website:

HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows. There are several options you can use to replace its functionality. If you previously used HyperTerminal to control serial devices, you can usually find a downloadable version of HyperTerminal on the Internet that is free for personal use.

So what was the purpose of removing Hyper terminal from vista ? How do you use the equivalent of Hyperterminal in XP, with Windows Vista to configure Cisco routers?

Get Putty to replace vista hyperterminal

Download and use open source putty terminal software. You can grab putty here.

Start Putty

Double click on putty > Select Serial > Type COM1 and speed rate such as 19200:
Putty as replacement for HyperTerinal under Windows Vista
(Fig. 01: Putty as replacement for HyperTerinal under Windows Vista)

Configure putty

You also need to setup other serial connection parameters by visiting category > serial menu on left side:
Configure putty for serial communication
(Fig. 02: Configure putty serial communication options)
Finally, just hit open button:
Putty under Windows Vista Connected to my Router / VPN
(Fig. 03: Windows Vista putty serial communication in action)

There you have it.

Other options for vista hyperterminal software

  • TeraTerm Pro open source terminal
  • HyperTerminal Private Edition version 6.3
  • If you have an old Windows XP installation, find and copy the file named “hypertrm.dll” and “hypertrm.exe” to Windows Vista in the same location. Run hypertrm.exe from run > cmd.

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35 comments… add one
  • kaushik kundaliya Nov 20, 2009 @ 7:16

    as option given putty is working ok. thanks a lot

  • jim Jan 5, 2010 @ 23:34


  • zeeshan Jan 6, 2010 @ 9:25

    its was realy helpful

  • someone321 Jan 24, 2010 @ 17:26

    even better than the normal putty, is the portable version:

    since you can install on a usb stick, and it’ll save that configuration locally, instead of in the registry. sweet.

  • Latodrecas Jan 26, 2010 @ 23:25

    Thanks for taking the time to help a newb……Very helpful article.

  • Anonymous May 6, 2010 @ 20:27

    Thanks a lot. This was very helpful and easy to follow.

  • sandeep singh rana Oct 16, 2010 @ 8:33

    good article, thanks

  • NoskoSteve Jan 19, 2011 @ 16:37

    What about the version of HyperTerminal that is on NT. Shoud it run ok on Vista?
    I’ve seen a post saying that one of the versions [don’t recall which] will work on NT through 7.

  • mrfixit Jan 30, 2011 @ 14:49

    Why did these A**holes remove HyperTerminal from their OS? Why did they feel the need to touch it and remove features, actually USEFUL features. Hey development team at microsoft, did you a**holes ever consider that the whole point of using Hyperterminal is to get on the Net? If youre not on the net yet and need to connect to a serial device to GET on the net, how are you supposed to download third party software. A**holes!

  • me Jan 12, 2012 @ 18:25

    I had to use the original setting of 9600 to get my cisco connection to work.
    I just used all the defaults on putty.
    hope this helps anyone.

  • NoskoSteve Jan 13, 2012 @ 0:13

    HyperTerminal on Vista.

    The HyperTerm on NT does indeed transfer to Vista. I remember I had to look for the icon file. It was in Jan 2011 that I did this, so I am looking at what is on my Vista now.
    Here’s what I copied to my Vista machine:
    – Folder: Help Hyper
    …. This folder contains 3 files: hypertrm.cnt hypertrm.FTS, and hypertrm.GID
    – Dialer.exe
    – HyperTerminal
    – hypertrm.hlp
    – A note to put (a copy of) the HYPERTRM.DLL into WindowsSystem32.

    The HTICONS file stayed where I put the .exe

    I believe “HyperTerminal” is just settings for a connection and a new one is formed for every connection you set up.

    I don’t think I put it there, but I now see “hypertrm.FTS in:C: Users’MyUserName’AppDataLocalHelp
    Replace ‘MyUserName’ with yours.
    Then I pinned the .exe to the Start menu.

    This also has some info for XP>Vista:


  • Shane Aug 12, 2012 @ 21:46

    Mochasoft has the best terminal software IMHO. Use if for Cisco and AS/400

  • Evan Jan 27, 2013 @ 0:07

    Thanks, I was surprised VISTA had no HyperTerminal, too. I thought PuTTY could do serial, but I needed your pointers to make it work.

  • Nelson Feb 7, 2013 @ 21:37

    HyperSerialPort has serial terminal emulator that was written under the .NET framework. Works perfect in Windows 7 and 8.

  • Leon Mar 26, 2016 @ 7:52

    I know this is an old post but just to clear up.
    Microsoft never wrote Hyperterminal, it was licensed from another company. Basically the license agreement ended so they couldn’t include it anymore.

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