HyperTerminal Private Edition (HTPE) 7.0

An excellent tool for emulating terminals on a network

  • Category:

    Remote access

  • Version:

    7.0

  • Works under:

    Windows XP / Windows 10 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 10

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    4.5 (71)
HyperTerminal Private Edition (HTPE) 7.0
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HyperTerminal Private Edition is an award-winning terminal emulation program for Windows.

Terminal emulators, also called terms or terminal applications, can function as a particular display type, such as VT100. A term within a graphical environment is often called a terminal window, which is what HyperTerminal Private Edition or HTPE provides. This program has been fully optimized for modern Windows. It fully supports Windows 10 and has official support for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

This terminal emulator can connect to systems via TCP/IP networks, COM ports and even dial-up modems. Use TCP/IP to interface with systems over the Internet via Secure Shell (SSH) or Telnet. Modem support lets you dial into modem-based systems, and COM support lets you connect to systems to which you are directly connected via RS232 serial COM ports.

The terminal types that HTPE supports include ANSI, VT100, VT100J, VT52, VT220 and MiniTel. HTPE supports transferring files via Kermit, Xmodem, Ymodem and Zmodem. The program can be used for something as simple as connecting to your favorite MUD—multi-user dungeon—or as complex as connecting to an antiquated system that’s never been updated and doesn’t support modern connections. Practically any terminal feature that you may need is emulated here.

HTPE has superb built-in help via local help file and other resources. It also gives you access to an actual support team, but that’s limited to some degree unless you pay more. Be mindful that this version of HTPE is trialware. It provides the program in full and lets you try all features for a period of time. After that, you need to upgrade to the paid version. There’s an additional fee if you want the extended support and maintenance referred to and an addition feel if you want a CD rather than just a digital copy.

HyperTerminal Private Edition is not user-friendly. If you want to learn your way around terminal applications, you may be better offer beginning somewhere else. If you want a professional solution, then this it. Despite upgrading the application to modern operating systems, such as Windows 10, the developers have never felt the need to update the UI as well. It has a Windows 95 aesthetic and looks about as ancient as the systems its been designed to connect to.

Pros

  • Feature-rich terminal emulation
  • Official Windows 10 support

Cons

  • Windows 95 aesthetic

HyperTerminal Private Edition is a deluxe version of the standard HyperTerminal program that Microsoft includes with Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.

HyperTerminal, often referred to as HyperTerm, is a terminal emulation solution for Windows operating systems. Terminal emulation is a technique that allows a computer to emulate older types of terminals so that they can allow users to access and manipulate legacy systems. The HyperTerminal that was included with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98, and which supported Windows 2000 and Windows 95, is basic.

HyperTerminal Private Edition or HTPE builds on HyperTerm and makes it more sophisticated. By using HyperTerm as a basis, HTPE is able to integrate seamlessly into the Windows environment. In other words, if another program was designed to work with HyperTerm, it can seamlessly work with HTPE. The advantage of HTPE over HyperTerm is that it provides the user a wide range of advanced and highly customizable capabilities.

Some of the most powerful features in HTPE are its key macros and the ability to record keystrokes. A user can record their keystrokes as they perform their work, and then use those keystrokes as the basis for a macro. What makes this so powerful is the ability to refine these macros over usage, which allows someone who user HTPE often to make their operations much faster and more efficient.

HTPE also provides a wide range of customization options that Microsoft did not include in HyperTerm. Users can, for instance, set the terminal screen size, set the terminal screen color, adjust rows and columns displayed and so forth. The real power here is that users can differentiate terminal screens when dealing with multiple terminal screens, and they can adjust terminal screens to display better on modern hardware.

After Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft stopped including the standard HyperTerminal program with its operating systems. In other words, Windows Vista, 7 and 8 do not include a terminal emulator. For users who require these capabilities, HTPE is the most popular option, and it has become the de facto standard for terminal emulation on Windows.

Pros

  • Supports all Windows versions beyond 98 and NT 4.0
  • Advanced scripting capabilities available via HyperACCESS
  • Enhance printing control

Cons

  • Steep learning curve

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