We have a common machine with Windows XP installed; anybody can remotely connect to it. The problem is when user called A is already connected to that machine remotely and doing something, if some other user B remotely connects to it user A is not warned that somebody else is trying to connect; the session simply gets disconnected and the other user takes control of the system. How do we resolve it ?


  • Anybody can remotely connect to that machine
  • If a user is already connected he should be warned and he has to say 'OK' or 'Cancel' so that the other user can connect
  • If the logged in user allows the new user to connect, then the new user should see the same screens, basically the same session should be continued.

Try Real VNC. Here you can share screen. You can configure it to allow only single remote user at a time or multiple concurrent users.

It works up to XP & Windows 2003 & on LAN. (Need to buy paid version for Vista support). Also since its screen sharing, you get the same screen & the same session.

(NOTE: From Vista onwards, in RDC, the current remote logged-in user gets a prompt when another remote user tries to login.)


Would netmeeting remote desktop (included free with XP) be a solution?

Try typing 'conf' from the run box (without the quotes)

or look at this Microsoft KB Article


You can enable multiple concurrent connections using RDC. This might solve your problem; you can look over this article for more information.

  • This is a "hack" that might not be appreciated by the poster's company IT department (if, as I think, this question is in a corporate context) ?! – Snark Oct 13 '09 at 7:27
  • It is a hack, but it's better than nothing :) – alex Oct 13 '09 at 7:39
  • Yes, I am restricted from doing this hack :) – Maniganda Prakash Oct 13 '09 at 7:48
  • Then I suggest you try a different remote client, if possible. Try looking on SuperUser for different other apps for remote access. – alex Oct 13 '09 at 8:11

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