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Under Windows 8 (latest Windows 8 Release Preview) System properties → Remote, the "remote desktop" group is missing.

This group is where you define which RDP clients are allowed to connect to your system. This anomaly prevents me from defining a RDP host on this machine.

I am looking for the cause of this thing. Any ideas?

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Are you using Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro has Remote Desktop Server feature not Windows 8. –  Ganesh R. Oct 21 '12 at 13:16
Are you a full admin on the box? –  Lizz Dec 5 '12 at 6:53
First, what happens if you create the group yourself? Second, upgrade to the official version now that it's out. –  imtheman Feb 14 '13 at 0:17

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Windows 8 Pro is comparable to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users; it includes all the features of Windows 8. Additional features include the ability to receive Remote Desktop connections

This means that the windows 8 version (non pro) is unable to receive RDP connection.

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You can use rdpwrap to enable it. From project description:

The goal of this project is to enable Remote Desktop Host support and concurrent RDP sessions on reduced functionality systems for home usage.

RDP Wrapper works as a layer between Service Control Manager and Terminal Services, so the original termsrv.dll file remains untouched. Also this method is very strong against Windows Update.

Here's link to releases where you can download latest version, installation is as easy as running install.bat. Then you can configure your remote access with included RDPConf.exe

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