As a consecuence of the latest Windows Updates, we're migrating some classic mstsc connections to use Microsoft Remote Desktop application. We're doing this manually (adding host and credentials one by one).

This is not a serious problem, but I wonder if a host shortcut can be made in a Windows 10 machine. At the moment, you can pin it to Start menu. Moreover, shortcut of the Windows app can be added to Desktop.

Thanks in advance.

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    You mean the "modern" app? I thought it got killed off a year ago, and MSTSC is still current. – user1686 May 9 '18 at 10:47
  • Yes, didn't know anything about that. – antonioalopezfernandez May 9 '18 at 10:48
  • I would definitely stick with .rdp files and use mstsc. This is the technology Microsoft uses for their remote app and remote desktop gateway services anyway. – LPChip May 9 '18 at 10:49
  • The problem is that there's no official way to access gpedit.msc under certain Windows versions (Home edition). You need to change a directive in order to make it work (with the latest update). – antonioalopezfernandez May 9 '18 at 10:52
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    I didn't know CredSSP is useful at all without Active Directory... Well, fortunately the settings go straight into the registry, as you can see at the bottom of the MS support article, so you can apply them via .reg files. – user1686 May 9 '18 at 10:59


Before using this registry hack, have a look at this Microsoft Support Article. It's VERY important that you know the risks, a better solution is to update the server you are trying to connect to.

Open your favorite text editor and copy the following content:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Save it as fix.reg. Double click it, apply the registry changes and reboot your machine.

You should be able to connect from now on.

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