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I'm trying to set up the Microsoft Remote Desktop feature on a computer running Windows 7 Home, and came across this tool:

How To Enable Remote Desktop Connection In Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

Is this tool safe to use? Has anyone around here used it with any success?

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I haven't used that tool so I can't attest to its safety. Personally, I use this one. The Green Button people (Media Center fans) have been making them for a long time now, so it's pretty trust-worthy IMO.

Warning - Keep in mind that doing this invalidates your Windows license. :)

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Thanks! That tool seems to be a lot simpler, and having someone with a high reputation score recommending it gives me a lot more confidence in it. I will run a few experiments with it on test systems soon. –  Randolf Richardson Mar 21 '11 at 2:32
    
Thank you also for pointing out the invalidation of a Windows license. I have a few to spare that I don't mind if one becomes "non-activatable" just to satisfy my curiosity. =D –  Randolf Richardson Mar 21 '11 at 2:36
  • Patching termsrv.dll should be safe (I have this on my XP boxen and it works well), but make a backup just in case.

    I don't know if the tool you found actually patches the file, or replaces it entirely with a pre-patched copy. The latter can cause some problems (for example, version mismatch).

    See techie007's answer for a different patcher (which appears to actually patch the file; but I personally haven't used either of them.)

  • Do not ever use the "enable blank password logon" option. You have been warned.

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+1 for the warning. Using any remote application like VNC without a password and you WILL have someone connect and take advantage of it. I learned this the hard way. People are out there scanning open ports for unprotected RDP-type apps every minute of every day. –  CreeDorofl Mar 19 '11 at 20:44
    
Excellent answer! I'd like to flag this one as an accepted answer as well, but it seems I can only turn one checkmark green and so I have to give it to techie007's answer because the link provided with the answer leads to a tool that appears to be very easy to use. I really like both answers -- they're both very helpful. –  Randolf Richardson Mar 21 '11 at 2:31

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