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“Windows Installer does not permit installation from a Remote Desktop Connection”

When you try to install an MSI through an RDP connection you could get the “Windows Installer does not permit installation from a Remote Desktop Connection” dialog.

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article here:

Everyone seems to think that the \\tsclient\<drive> is a regular network share. But it is not! It's a feature of Terminal Services service. However, if you find yourself in the position where you must use the mapped drives for installing software, either copy the software first, or map the \\tsclient\<drive> first.

To map run this command:

net use * \\tsclient\<drive>

then install from the network mapped drive.. seems the installer does not check the actual path to the mapped drive

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    late 2023, using Windows Server 2022: Even with the MSI copied to the C drive, I still get this message. I think the issue is that I'm connected to the machine via RDP in the first place. I have to imagine theres a setting somewhere that allows you to configure this....
    – JakeRobb
    Nov 27, 2023 at 19:06
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