I'm using Windows XP at this moment at my home and business. I want to upgrade the OS at home, but not thinking of doing so immediately for my business for continuity reasons.

Now I connect to my home computer from time to time from the office - is it possible to connect to the terminal services of the home computer even if I upgrade the home computer to Windows 7?


  • I was just browsing my past questions and this came up - I confirm that it can be done, and I am using it right now. – KalEl Oct 17 '10 at 11:20

You can, but you'd better install Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 for XP SP3, released October 28, 2009.

See this article for details:
Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Windows XP & Windows Vista

This article discusses the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0 client update that enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features. These features are introduced in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. These features are available for computers that are running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2).

The RDC 7.0 client can be used to connect to legacy terminal servers or to remote desktops as before. However, the new features that are mentioned in this article are available only when the client connects to a remote computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

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  • We now also have Remote Desktop Connection 8. – harrymc Mar 1 '13 at 11:27
  • it doesn't seem to have an update for Win XP though. – Victor Marchuk Nov 14 '16 at 11:19

As long as you're running the latest version of Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services) on your Windows XP desktop (which is probable if you're up-to-date with security patches), then I don't see why it wouldn't work.

I haven't used Windows 7 yet, but had used RDP to connect to Vista and 2008 from XP.

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This will depend on which version of Windows 7 you upgrade to but that was also the case with XP.

You need a Professional, Business, Enterprise or Ultimate version of Windows to do this.

So if you're upgrading from XP Professional to Windows 7 Business at home you'll be fine.

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  • Note that Windows 7 had no Business version. Vista did. The 'Business' version of windows 7 is win 7 professional =) (and I know i'm nitpicking :p) – bubu Feb 16 '11 at 15:17

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