Enabling Remote Desktop connections remotely

Enabling remote desktop remotely can be done from an elevated command prompt. This will set your Remote Desktop settings to “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)”


  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt (one with the permissions of the local administrator on the remote machine)
  2. Type in:  reg add "\\<servername>\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  3. Where <Servername> is your Remote machine host-name or IP address. Once filled out press Enter to remotely set Remote Desktop.


Unable to Remote Desktop into Computer

There can be various reasons why people are unable to Remote Desktop into a Computer – one of the reasons could be they are not in the Remote Desktop users group on the local machine or the necessary services – for Remote Desktop connectivity aren’t enabled. Follow the guide below to make sure the services are fully enabled and up and running you can test one at a time.

  1. Open Run
  2. Type in: services.msc
  3. Click Action
  4. Click Connect to another computer
  5. Type in the hostname of the PC you are connecting to and press Enter to connect
  6. In the Services list navigate to the following and make sure they are started by double clicking to open the Services Property box –changing the Start-up type to Automatic and select Start:
    •    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
    •    Remote Access Connection Manager
    •    Routing and Remote Access
  7. Once those have been changed navigate to the: Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and change Start-up type to: Disabled and stop the service.

How to lock a workstation in a Remote Desktop session

  1. Right click on the remote desktop
  2. Point to New and click Shortcut.
  3. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, type in the following:
    c:WindowsSystem32rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation