If I cannot remote, there is no hope…. right?


Here’s the scenario;  I am the Network Administrator and for whatever reason the remote desktop option has been disabled on the XP client I am trying to reach.  It worked fine a couple of days ago, however I cannot connect to the client now.  Is it possible to connect to a client machine remotely – even if the remote desktop option is disabled on the XP client?


The answer to this is yes…. as long as you have the rights to do so.


So how do you do it.



  1. Open Regedit on the server.

  2. Select File – Connect Network registry

  3. Enter the name of the client machine and select “Check Name”

  4. At the bottom of your servers registry tree you will know see 2 hives appear. 


    1. The Hkey_Local_Machine and the Hkey_Users under the clients computer name.

  5. Goto  hklm\system\currentcontrolset\control\terminal server\FdenyTSConnection=1

  6. Change the FdenyTSConnection to 0

  7. Attempt to logon on again

Thanks for reading.
>edwalt


Comments (3)

  1. har says:

    it seem dont work on XP Home SP2! can we change it? there is something that windows would pop up that i dont have the permission.

  2. Matze says:

    Additional for Windows XP sp2:

    The Firewall disallows the access on port:3389.

    Create or change following Registry settings:

    „Hkey_Local_MachineSystemCurrentControlSetServices SharedAccessParametersFirewallPolicyDomainProfileGloballyOpenPortsList“

    substring:"3389:tcp"

    parameter:"3389:tcp:*:enabled:@xpsp2res.dll,-22009"

    Repeat the change in:"hkey_local_machinesystemcurrentcontrolsetservices sharedaccessparametersfirewallpolicystandardprofile”.