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Just install RealVNC free edition and I can't connect when it's running as a service because there is no password set. When I run "VNC Server (User Mode)" I can connect fine. How can I set the password for the service?

Googling didn't turn up any answers. Running server on Windows 7 ultimate and client on Windows XP.

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When in service mode, you should have a task-bar icon:

  1. Right click over the task-bar icon;

  2. Select "Options...";

    Right Mouse Click Over VNC Icon Screen Shoot

  3. If UAC is active, select yes;

  4. From the window presented, access the first tab "Connections";

  5. Click on Configure...;

    Options Screen Shoot

  6. Set your VNC Server password, repeat the password and press ok;

    Set Password Screen Shoot

You're set, you should now be able to connect to your VNC Server with the password you've just set.


If you don't see the tray icon, you can activate it using the windows Registry editor:

  1. Click "Start";
  2. On the search box, type "regedit" and press enter;
  3. On the left column, navigate to:

  4. On the right, you should now see a REG_DWORD Value named "DisableTrayIcon";

  5. Right click over it and select "Modify...";
  6. The value should be set to "1", replace it with "0" to show the tray icon;
  7. Press OK, as soon as you press it, the tray icon should appear.
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no tray icon when running the service- only when running the "user mode" server? – Lee Tickett Aug 8 '12 at 12:04
@LeeTickett I've got a tray icon in service mode, I'll check for other options. – Zuul Aug 8 '12 at 12:05
@LeeTickett You've configured windows to run VNC as a system service? – Zuul Aug 8 '12 at 12:14
it installed a service by default and the service is running – Lee Tickett Aug 8 '12 at 12:20
Similar thing I ran into -- While in Service-Mode the VNC tray icon isn't visible when you RDP into the system, unless you tell RDP to connect to the console. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 7 '13 at 14:09

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