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When I press Ctrl-Alt-Delete I can only open the Task Manager for the local PC.

Is there some simple way to open the Task Manager on the remote PC while running Remote Desktop from one Windows XP machine to another?

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up vote 53 down vote accepted

Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager. CTRL+Shift+Esc will serve the purpose if its not allowing to click anywhere.

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Interesting, didn't know XP had that. – RCIX Jul 20 '09 at 22:51
I can't tell you how many times I use that in a day! :-) – JFV Jul 20 '09 at 22:56
Ctrl + Shift + Escape works too, I think Ctrl + Alt + Delete gives you back control over your own computer doesn't it? – Ivo Flipse Jul 21 '09 at 7:28

Ctrl+Alt+End t

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??? on what platform is that? Doesn't work on my XP... – fretje Aug 6 '09 at 14:35
Opps, Ctrl+Alt+End brings up the 'Window Security' dialog, added 't' for the Task Manager button. – pelms Aug 6 '09 at 15:17
+1 In my case, the remote machine was running a program which prohibited use of the taskbar and start menu. I was able to use this to kill that process. – p.s.w.g Mar 24 '14 at 13:22

Or click Start → Run, then type taskmgr.

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I will have to remember. I incorrectly tried taskman... taskmgr taskmgr taskmgr :) – Sun Oct 9 '14 at 18:08

You can set the Windows key combinations to go to the remote computer and use Ctrl-Shift-Esc to launch the Task Manager.

In the remote desktop connection options for Local Resources you have the option of where to apply Windows key combinations (On the local computer, On the remote computer, or only in full screen mode).

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Ctrl+Shift+Esc works for me like that by default... – KovBal Jul 28 '09 at 12:19
Ctrl+Shift+Esc will work in full screen but if running in a window it will open the client PC's task manager – pelms Aug 6 '09 at 15:21

If you just needed to enumerate processes on remote PC, you do not need to establish RDP session.

Take a look at Remote Process Manager

I found this way more flexible than to disturb currently logged on user with RDP connection prompt. Remote Process Manager connects on-the-fly and do not show any question boxes to remote users..

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David, could you please disclose your affiliation with the product according to the FAQ? Excessive self-promoting is not welcome here. – slhck Nov 27 '12 at 14:45

You have to use CtrlF3.

The details are on my blog: How to Open the Task Manager on Remote Computer or Desktop

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AltCtrlEsc will work on Remote Desktop.

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