How to Enable Multiple Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

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How to Enable Multiple Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows
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Enabling multiple or concurrent remote desktop sessions for Windows can be a valuable tool. Normally, when a person logs into Windows with Remote Desktop, the existing user session is suspended and the remote user has sole access to the system. This can be an undesirable situation. A perfect example of this is for a media centre computer connected to a TV. Enabling multiple remote desktop sessions allows the TV session to continue uninterrupted when another user logs into the computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and run the XP Terminal Server Patch (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Click "Cancel" and "Yes" when the "Windows File Protection" dialogue box pops up.

  3. 3

    Restart the computer. Multiple users are now able to simultaneously connect with Remote Desktop.

  1. 1

    Download the Vista Remote Desktop Patch (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Extract the files and run the appropriate batch file for your system. Vista Home users may run the "premium.bat" file.

  3. 3

    Disable the firewall or allow Remote Desktop sessions by opening port 3389 in the firewall.

  4. 4

    Restart the computer. Multiple users are now able to simultaneously connect with Remote Desktop.

  1. 1

    Download the Windows 7 Remote Desktop Patch (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Extract the files. Right-click on "install.cmd" and select "Run as Administrator."

  3. 3

    Restart the computer. Multiple users are now able to simultaneously connect with Remote Desktop.

Tips and warnings

  • Before attempting this on Windows XP, be sure you have updated to Service Pack 3.

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