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How do I enable the feature in Windows 8 that will let me connect to my computer remotely via Microsoft's terminal services client?

Is there a way to change the connection limit, so that more than one account can connect?

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Yeah, you can work it. One of the better OS persons has done this. To be OK with this, you should have TS or RDP CAL licenses registered to you. If you don't care, it will not check, though.

http://www.mysysadmintips.com/windows/clients/345-multiple-rdp-remote-desktop-sessions-on-windows-8

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Ouch, Its a link to a link. On superuser we tend to prefer you supply the essential part of the answer in your answer itself - in this case, someone's thrown together a small application that replaces the windows 8 RDP dlls with a patched version to enable it, apparently from the server version. Now, should your link, or the MDL one go down, people will know what it was about ;) –  Journeyman Geek Jan 23 '13 at 7:28

Given you're talking Windows 8, I'll assume you meant Remote Desktop.

First of all you need to be running Windows 8 Pro in order to be able accept Remote Desktop Connections. The standard edition of Windows 8 doesn't not include this ability.

To enable accepting remote connections, press Win + X then Y. Choose Advanced system settings. Under the Remote tab, select, Allow remote connections to this computer.

Only one person will be able to have a session open at a time. If you're looking for a multi-user environment you are going to need a server OS with Terminal Services running.

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@Windows, is there a hack to get a multi-user environment? –  Mikhail Nov 8 '12 at 23:55
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Yes, you buy a copy of Windows 2012, and the appropriate CALs. –  Zoredache Nov 8 '12 at 23:57
    
@Misha, possibly (as Joey mentioned above), but I assume it will violate some EULA or another, and require access to Windows Server anyway, so just use the OS that is deigned to handle the job. You can even make the Server OS more "desktop" like if you want to. –  Windos Nov 8 '12 at 23:58
    
@Zoredache sounds like money. –  Mikhail Nov 8 '12 at 23:59
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@Misha Using Upgrade media without owning a previous license is up to the user, this method is posted on reputable websites and is a well known workaround for people who do Not have a working Windows installation and/or want a clean install, and Do have the previous license, linking to a software "crack" is a completely different thing. –  Moab Nov 9 '12 at 0:12

Press Windows+W, search for “remote”:

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Click Allow remote access to my computer:

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Enable the Allow remote connections to my computer radio box:

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If you are the sole administrator user on the computer, then you already are allowed to connect, otherwise you may need to click Select users ....

And on Windows 8 (i.e. not Server 2012) there can only be one user connected at a time, because, frankly, it's a consumer OS, not a Terminal Server. I think there was a way of bypassing this by copying DLLs over from the Server OS and/or patching something, but that way lies madness. You can just as well install Server 2012, then.

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If you are looking for Remote Desktop then:

Go to Control Panel -> System and Security and click "Allow remote access" under the System section. Go to the Remote tab, and choose "Allow remote connections to this computer" under the Remote Desktop section.

If you're looking for multiple concurrent connections, it seems that support for that was removed back in Windows XP. There are workarounds for older OSes (such as this), but I don't think there are any for Windows 8 yet.

Source: a how-to for enabling Remote Desktop on Windows 8.

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