3 Ways to Enable Remote Desktop In Windows Vista And Windows 7

Windows Remote Desktop enables us to connect to our systems remotely through the network or internet. It’s very useful if we are connected to a network and we want to use several computers. We can open the desktops or screens of all the computers and do whatever we want to do.

In Windows XP, enabling Windows Remote Desktop was simple. But it’s a little different in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Here I list down three methods that can be used to enable Remote Desktop in Windows Vista an Windows 7.

1-  Using Graphical User Interface

This is the simplest of methods. To enable Windows Remote Desktop graphically, do the following:

Start Run by pressing Windows Key + R

Write the following command in the Run dialog box: systempropertiesremote

Windows Remote Desktop Connection Properties will come up. Under Desktop box, Select one of the following:

  • Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.
  • Allow connections from computers running Remote Desktop with network level authentication.

remote desktop windows vista 7

This will enable Remote Desktop in Windows Vista and also in Windows 7.

2- Using Registry

Windows Remote Desktop can also be enabled or disabled from the registry. This method is specially useful when you want to enable Remote Desktop remotely. You can connect to the registry of the remote computer through remote registry and make changes accordingly.

To enable Remote Desktop through registry, do the following:

Go to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server

In the right hand pane, find the key fDenyTSConnections and make the value to 0 to enable Remote Desktop

If you want to enable Network Level Authentication, then do the following:

Go to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

In the right hand pane, find the key UserAuthentication and change the value to 1.

 

3- Using Group Policy

To enable Remote Desktop from the group policy, do the following:

Open Group Policy editor by going to Run and typing gpedit.msc

In the group policy editor, go to the following thread:

Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Terminal Services \ Terminal Server \ Connections

In the right hand pane enable to following:

Allow users to connect remotely using Terminal Services

10 thoughts on “3 Ways to Enable Remote Desktop In Windows Vista And Windows 7”

  1. For Me the second option to select any computer was disabled. Then I fixed with group policy editor..
    1. Fix the with group policy editor..
    Start -> type policy > select “Edit Group policy” -> Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Security -> Require user authentication for remote desktop connections by using Network Level Authentication -> Change setting to Not Configured.
    2. Right on My Computer -> Properties -> Remote Settings -> Under Remote Desktop select 2nd option. Now you can connect to Windows 7 via Win XP.

  2. All versions have the client, but only Professional, Business and Ultimate have the server. It’s been the same since XP. At one point, a hack was released for Vista Home Premium to act as a server, but Microsoft patched it.

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  4. I’m not getting the remote desktop option under the remote assitance.. so help me out how can i get over this problem

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