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Remote Desktop is Microsoft's software that allows a user to access applications and data on a remote computer over a network.

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How can I send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete through Remote Desktop in Windows 8?

I need to send a CtrlAltDelete to a remote machine through Remote Desktop. The CtrlAltDelete is being intercepted by Windows 8, regardless of whether the remote desktop has focus or is in full screen. ...
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How do you shutdown or restart a Windows computer over a Remote Desktop connection?

When I connect to my Windows 7 desktop computer via Remote Desktop (MSTSC.exe), the options under the Start Menu are "Log Off" (the default), "Lock", and "Disconnect". How do I restart (or shutdown)?
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Keyboard shortcut to minimize Remote Desktop

Is there a way, using the keyboard, to switch from a maximized (full screen) Remote Desktop Connection back to the main computer? I have about 4 Remote Desktop connections that I am switching between ...
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Remote Desktop intermittently freezing

I use a Windows 10 machine remotely at work. Both the local and remote machine are in the same ISP network (not same local network, but same ISP). I've been using it like that for almost a year now ...
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Remote desktop without a password

I have an HTPC with a user that has no password and autologin. I want to be able to connect to it via Remote Desktop without a password, so I can login with the original user. (I don't want to add ...
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Can't copy and paste in Remote Desktop Connection session

Is it possible to copy and paste inside a Remote Desktop Connection session?
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Remote desktop connection error after updating Windows 2018/05/08 - CredSSP updates for CVE-2018-0886

After Windows Update, I get this error when trying to connect to a server using Remote Desktop Connection. When read the link provided by error message, it seems because of an update at 2018/05/08: ...
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What's the difference between RDP vs VNC?

What's really the difference between the RDP and VNC? They both provide the same function and features?
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Remote desktop use two out of four monitors

I've recently upgraded my home workstation and now have four monitors on it. I work remotely most of the time and need some way to get remote desktop onto only two of those four monitors. The top two ...
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How to shrink the Remote Desktop Connection Bar in Windows?

Ever since FireFox 4, page tabs have been moved to the top of the window. This gets pretty irritating when surfing the net through a remote desktop session. Often when I want to switch tabs, if I ...
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How would I remap Mac CMD to CTRL keys in Remote Desktop Connection for Mac application?

I sometimes have to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac for remote access to a Windows 7 machine from an iMac running MacOS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard). Making the mental switch to use the ...
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How do I open a remote desktop session on a secondary monitor?

How do I open a remote desktop session on a secondary monitor (in full-screen)? It always seems to want to open on the primary one and I cannot find a switch which lets me choose. Is there a known ...
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Remote Desktop won't maximize

I use a laptop and I am docking and undocking frequently. Often when I connect to another machine using remote desktop, the screen size gets messed up when I dock again. By "messed up" I mean that ...
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How can I restore copy/paste functionality for my remote desktop connection?

My question has been asked on superuser before, but the accepted answer did not work for me. Sometimes when using remote desktop on my Windows 7 computer, the copy-paste functionality between the ...
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Local taskbar visible during remote desktop fullscreen

When I do remote desktop fullscreen connection on Windows 10 local host to Windows 7 remote host, the local task bar will not get covered by the RDP window as it used to be. It remains visible on top ...
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Change the default resolution of Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc)

Is there a way to change the default resolution that mstsc uses? I dont want it to default to the full resolution of the client machine.
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While in a remote desktop session in Windows 7, alt-tab to go back to the host machine

I use alt+tab all day long to switch between windows. When I'm working remotely, I'll use Remote Desktop to log in to my Windows 7 PC at work. From the host machine, it's simple to alt+tab to switch ...
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Configuring Chrome Remote Desktop with Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

I am trying to install Chrome Remote Desktop and I'm reading the FAQ on how to install it, but it says nothing much AFAIK. With Ubuntu Gnome 14.04, what should be the content of the .chrome-remote-...
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How do I enable reboot in Windows 7 for Remote Desktop sessions?

I see that I lack the choice to reboot/shut down via the start menu when logged into Windows 7 via Remote Desktop, whereas it is present in Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there some setting in Windows 7 ...
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How do I open the Windows Task Manager during a Remote Desktop session?

When I press Ctrl-Alt-Delete I can only open the Task Manager for the local PC. Is there some simple way to open the Task Manager on the remote PC while running Remote Desktop from one Windows XP ...
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How to show the Connection Bar in a remote desktop session?

What is the keyboard shortcut to show the connection bar on an existing Remote Desktop session when the connection bar is hidden?
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Bandwidth Usage

I am wondering how much bandwidth in terms of bytes sent/received is consumed by a typical remote desktop session. I need to know this because our ISP enforces a cap on monthly bandwidth usage (i.e. ...
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Windows 10 Remote Desktop Connects with Black Screen then Disconnects

I've been having this issue since I updated (fresh install) to Windows 10 Professional. I used to connect to my computer via RDP through WAN and LAN with no issues. After installing W10 and setting ...
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Not clear/sharp font in Windows after connecting it thru Remote desktop for the 1st time

Today I've logged in thru remote session to my Windows 7 machine for the 1st time. After that I came back and on started working on site (physically on box), bud noticed immediately that my font is ...
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Use Remote Desktop with custom DPI

How can I change (increase) the DPI of a remote desktop session? I am using two Windows 7 PC - both are already set to 125% on Control Panel/Display/Make it easier to read. Yet when I open a Remote ...
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Can you launch Remote Desktop via URL?

Is it possible to have a URL that launches a remote desktop session? I realize it may be considered a security vulnerability for some, but the convenience would really save me a lot of time. I ...
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Remote Desktop: Sending Ctrl-Alt-Left Arrow/Ctrl-Alt-Right Arrow to the remote PC

I need use the key combinations Ctrl-Alt-Left Arrow and Ctrl-Alt-Right Arrow in an application on my computer. When I use Remote Desktop to connect to that computer, either the Remote Desktop Client (...
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Remote desktop to Mac from various platforms (Windows, Ubuntu)

I fear I know the answer to this already, but I would like to be able to connect to my Mac Mini in a 'remote desktop' fashion. I would like to connect to my Mac as if I were sat at my desk, but I ...
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Windows 7 Remote Desktop Connection Save Credentials not working

How to i allow credentials to be saved when connecting to another machine with Remote Desktop Connection? Background i try to connect to a server, and the Remote Desktop Client does not have any ...
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Windows 10 Remote desktop not working properly (The Remote desktop services is currently busy)

I have four machines running Windows 10 Pro, all upgraded from Windows 8.1. I use mstsc to remote between them. When I do this several things commonly go wrong. The first workflow 1a) On first ...
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How can I enable multiple users login at a time in remote system?

Recently we bought dedicated server with Windows Server 2012 Standard.It's allowing 2 people at a time.So I want to allow more people at a time. How can I do this?
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Ctrl Alt Delete on RDP with Macbook installed windows 7

I have Macbook with Windows 7 installed and connected to Windows 2012 server with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection. How can I run Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows 2012 Server? Thanks in advance.
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Windows 10: Switch virtual deskop while in fullscreen remote desktop

I have 3 virtual desktops in Windows 10. On one of those desktop I run mstsc fullscreen. To switch desktop I can use windows+ctrl+left or right. But when I am in a fullscreen mstsc this key is ...
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Drag and drop through Remote Desktop Connection

I use remote desktop on a daily basis and I find that I often need to quickly transfer files between my physical PC and the RDP, or even between different multiple remote sessions. I have network ...
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How can I toggle Full Screen mode in Remote Desktop without a Break key?

My small laptop has a small keyboard, which lacks a Pause/Break key. Ctrl-Alt-Break toggles Full Screen mode in Windows Remote Desktop. Without a Break key, how can I enter Full Screen mode? I know I ...
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Tunneling a TCP/IP Connection through Remote Desktop Connection

There is a remote Windows server on a private network which I can connect to via Remote Desktop Connection. I would like to be able to make TCP/IP connections from my computer to other computers on ...
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Windows RDP — Possible to resize resolution on-the-fly?

I'm wondering if it's possible to resize the desktop on an RDP session on the fly I realize you can do it before you connect, but I'm looking to resize it on the fly similar to how vmware works. If ...
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What does the “Bitmap Caching” option do in the Remote Desktop Client?

This setting has always confused me: What exactly does the Bitmap Caching option in the Windows Remote Desktop Client do? I understand that it is supposed to improve connection performance, but how? ...
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Can a Mac be used by multiple users at same time?

Can a Mac be used by different users at the same time? I mean to say that we have a single Mac but 3 users. Can they access the same machine remotely at the same time for developing applications on ...
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How exactly does a remote program like Team Viewer work?

If you make use of Windows RDP or Remmina, you normally use the IP (public) or attached hostname of the server to log on. I was wondering how a remote program like Team Viewer works? And also, how ...
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How can I make VNC faster?

I need to remotely access and use my work computer a few times a week. I'm currently using UltraVNC. I want to use VNC because of the price. I've used VNC before, mostly on my own network, where it's ...
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How to enable remote microphone on remote desktop

I just directly connect my thin client (with embedded OS) to a remote machine (Windows 7) via RDP. The problem is, once I try to test the audio via Skype, it seems that the audio/microphone of the ...
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How to shut down a Windows 8.1 Pro computer in remote session?

When you right click the Windows 8.1 "start" button, you get some options to quickly perform common tasks, e.g. to shut down, reboot, or put the computer to sleep. But when you're using the computer ...
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Is there a log file for RDP connections?

I connect to my work PC via VPN/RDP and I would like to find a log file on my work PC that would include some information on when I used it last, from where my connection originated and how long it ...
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How can I display host name on windows desktop

I do a lot of work on Windows Server 2008 remote desktops and often lose track of which host I am currently logged on to. Is there a way of displaying (without installing any non-standard apps) the ...
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ClearType keeps turning off on Windows over RDP

Every time I log onto the computer, ClearType is turned off. I can turn it on manually, but after the session ends, everything is back to ugly. Especially the Consolas font in Eclipse looks very bad. ...
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Remote desktop connection without locking the remote computer

Is it possible to connect via Remote Desktop Connection to a windows 7 machine without locking the remote computer (I want to use the same logged in user)? Or is it possible to release the lock after ...
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Ways to check if user is active on remote machine before RDP'ing

We have a common Windows XP machine that's shared between multiple users. All of them use a common domain login to rdp into it. Now the problem is, we some times end up taking over other persons ...
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Shift and Control keys out of sync with normal keys over RDP

I spend quite a lot of time working on various machines via RDP (usually RDPing to one machine and from there RDPing to other computers outside our LAN) and have an issue where the modifier keys (i.e....
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How to better copy&paste big files over RDP?

Recently I was making a few attempts to copy&paste a big (1.2 GB) file to remote computer over RDP. The remote computer is virtual testing machine with MS Windows Server 2008 Datacenter. First ...

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