I have a LAN set up at my apartment with a couple of PCs in the LAN network.

Say if I want to connect to computer B via RDP but a user is already actively using that computer. If I log in to computer B via RDP will that user get logged out? Or will he still have active control of the computer as well as I do? PS: there is only one user account on that computer if that makes any difference


If it is a windows client OS (like XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10) computer that you are connecting to, you will take control of their computer and their session will go in to the background and they will see a locked screen, and that you are logged in. They can simply log back in to their own session, which will disconnect you. It's like the switch users process, none of their programs close, they just can't interact with them until they log back in.

This is one way MS makes money from businesses, selling windows server that can run remote desktop services (RDS) along with Windows and RDS client access licenses (CALs).

Edit: Scott has pointed out that since they are using the same user account, the other session won't go in to the background, it will simply be taken over, and the other person will either see a lock screen or be disconnected from their RDP session. Thanks Scott.

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    One small correction, the OP mentioned that the Login at the console session and the login for the RDP session will be the same user account so in this special case the session does not go in to the background but instead gets taken over by the RDP user. This only happens when you are logging in with the same user, had it been a different user it would be exactly as you described it. – Scott Chamberlain Apr 23 '16 at 6:13
  • Thanks! I need a small clarification though, will the actual user know that the PC is being accessed by RDP since he's not getting logged out? Is there like a notification or something? – keklord Apr 23 '16 at 6:18
  • @keklord the other user will be kicked out and will see the login screen when the person RDPs in. – Scott Chamberlain Apr 23 '16 at 6:24
  • There is a message, though I've forgotten its exact wording. I do not think it explicitly states that someone else has taken their session with RDP though. However for the person sitting at the console, that is the only likely thing that will cause it to happen. When someone steals your RDP session then also get a fairly basic message about you being disconnected, that is roughly the same message as when the connection drops out, except you get it straight away and it doesn't try and auto reconnect. – BeowulfNode42 Apr 23 '16 at 6:25
  • @ScottChamberlain Oh yes I got confused there for a second. So if I log in via the same user account the actual user will get logged out. Thanks once more! – keklord Apr 23 '16 at 6:25

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