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I have two identical monitors on my desktop PC, which is running Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm using RDP to connect to a Windows 2008 Server, checking the option to use all of my displays in the session. From this Windows 2008 Server machine, I'm opening an RDP session into a Windows XP Professional computer, again checking the box to use all of my displays in the remote session. It is not possible to connect directly to the Windows XP computer.

However, even though the "use all displays" option is checked all the way through, when I remote from the Windows 2008 Server into the Windows XP desktop, one of my monitors is displaying Windows 2008 Server and the other contains the remote session.

Is it possible to use both of my physical monitors in the Windows 2008 Server -> Windows XP session?

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@STTR Let me try. It's my work computer, but I do have admin rights. Perhaps I can install that package. Perhaps you should post that as an answer? Even if it doesn't work in my particular instance, it may help someone else. –  Thomas Owens Feb 8 '13 at 23:09
    
My strange answers are removed. But if it should be no problem.) –  STTR Feb 8 '13 at 23:17

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The Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features.

System requirements: Windows XP Service Pack 3

Update for Windows XP (KB969084) - Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update

mstsc version- 6.1.7600.16385, about- 6.1.7600 , RDP 7.0

Update for Windows XP (KB969084)

System requirements: Windows XP Service Pack 3

Security Update for Windows XP (KB2483614) - Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update

mstsc version- 6.1.7600.16722, about- 6.1.7600 , RDP 7.0

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11596

Last mstsc Windows XP SP3 - now.

Enable the RemoteApp functionality in Windows XP:

Update for Windows XP SP3 to enable RemoteApp

This package lets you to run many Windows XP productivity applications from a Windows 7-based PC using Windows Virtual PC or Remote Desktop Services with Remote Desktop Virtualization Host role service.

custom.rdp:

span monitors:i:1
use multimon:i:1
allow font smoothing:i:1
redirectclipboard:i:1
remoteapplicationmode:i:1
disableremoteappcapscheck:i:1
remoteapplicationname:s:<application name>
remoteapplicationprogram:s:<application full path>
remoteapplicationcmdline:s:<application param>

command line:

mstsc custom.rdp

Overview

The Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features. These features are introduced in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 and are available for computers that are running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

add option mstsc /multimon

System requirements:

Supported operating systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client) 6.0 for Windows XP SP2

System requirements Supported operating systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client) 6.1 for Windows XP SP2

command line:

requirement - RDC support RDP 6.0;6.1;7.0;7.1

mstsc /span

requirement - RDC support RDP 7.0;7.1

mstsc /multimon

Server side, command line:

wmic path Win32_TSClientSetting get * /format:list | more
wmic path Win32_TSClientSetting get MaxMonitors
wmic path Win32_TSClientSetting get MaxXResolution, MaxYResolution

RDP client version:

SigCheck %windir%\system32\mstsc.exe

SigCheck utility of a set of Sysinternals Suite:

Sysinternals Suite,Sysinternals Utilities Index

Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Vista, XP Multimonitor Support:

XP SP3 RDC 7.0 ; XP SP3 RDC 6.1
     true      ;   spanning  

Default.rdp save as New.rdp, add use multimon:i:1

Run:

mstsc new.rdp 

Table: RDC version - RDP version - OS - update:

Table: RDC version - RDP version - OS - update

Alternative RD Client:

Multi RDP Client .NET

http://multirdpc.codeplex.com/

Optimizing Visual Studio 2010 and WPF applications for Remote Desktop

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jgoldb/archive/2010/02/27/optimizing-visual-studio-2010-and-wpf-applications-for-remote-desktop.aspx

Freeware Windows XP Aero Snap tools

AeroShaft brings Aero Snap Windows 7 to Windows XP and Windows Vista

Aero Snap Window XP

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I was able to install it. It doesn't work, but I'm not going to discount this yet. I haven't tried to reboot the machine yet, and I'm not sure I want to try since I'm planning on working remotely over the weekend (and Monday, if the office is closed due to our weather). Monday, I'll reboot the computer at work and see if that does it. –  Thomas Owens Feb 8 '13 at 23:24
    
@Thomas Owens Run: mstsc /span –  STTR Feb 8 '13 at 23:35
    
mstsc /multimon –  STTR Feb 8 '13 at 23:44
    
/span apparently works, but everything is centered between my two monitors. It effectively treats my two monitors as one big monitor. It's better than one monitor, though. I still haven't tried a reboot of the WinXP side, though. –  Thomas Owens Feb 9 '13 at 0:02
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I can not install these other tools. The only thing I can (and did do) was update the RDP client on Windows XP from Microsoft. If you clean up your answer to clearly quote your source that says it's not possible to use multiple monitors when connecting to Windows XP, but that you can use /span with the recent updates, I can accept it. –  Thomas Owens Feb 10 '13 at 22:19

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