LKBEN10929: Howto activate RDP access on a windows xp client


You need to connect to a windows xp client with the RDP protocol


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To connect to a windows xp client system with the remote desktop protocol you need to activate it first.

To turn on Remote Desktop you right-click on My Computer, click Properties, and then click the Remote tab. Turn on Remote Desktop by selecting the check box Allow users to remotely connect to this computer. Designate users by clicking the Select Remote Users... button.

To connect you can use the mstsc utility.

e.g. mstsc /v:

In the above example the ip address of the remote client is You can use dns names to look up the ip address for you. When you do not specify parameters, a GUI is presented to you. This might be easier for certain users.


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.