Disable Remote Desktop

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 22 Nov. 2005 / Last Updated on 22 Nov. 2005]

How to disable Remote Desktop on XP machines.

If you don't want Remote Desktop to work on your XP client machines, you can disable this functionality. There are two ways of doing this:

Set the fDenyTSConnections registry key to 1. This key is found under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer.

If you are using Group Policy on your network, select Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services and enable "Do not allow new client connections"

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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