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Windows 7: RDP to 7 Running WMC

17 Nov 2009   #1

RDP to 7 Running WMC

When I remote desktop to a PC running WMC it closes WMC.

This is a pain if I'm at work and have stuff scheduled to record later in the day.

Any way to work around it without creating new user accounts?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #2


My first thought is that creating a new user account in W7 would have taken less time than making this post ...that being said...

I use Windows Home Server to access my important files from remote locations. You can even stream those movies with it to your remote PC.

Windows Home Server ? media server, backup and data recovery solution
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #3


Thanks for the tip but not quite what I'm looking for.

The only real reason I need this is the HTPC runs iTunes and I like to maintain the iTunes library via RDP instead of hooking up a keyboard and mouse.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Nov 2009   #4


So, to be clear, at the moment you remote desktop in, from work, you already have your HTPC running WMC, and then you want to manage iTunes remotely also?

I have to ask this question: Can I get a job where you work at? and I hope they aren't watching...but perhaps your the boss?

My thought is you're probably pushing it a bit, but I am unsure why WMC would close, except that your system ran out resources?

Not knowing what you use to remote into your home PC, I would be guessing at any answer.

I also think this is a bit off topic for this thread.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #5


Haha fair call.

In my iTunes example I might be in another room after work hours.

The computer isn't running out of resources, WMC is designed to close if an RDP session is opened, I just want a way around this.

Thanks anyway.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #6


Oh, I am not stumped, I would need more consistently clear info.

In the case of RDP (in a home environment), in order to remote into a PC, the current user is typically requested to log off, as only one user can be actively logged in.

microsoft windows 7 remote desktop policy - Google Search

Now, we can of course, instead of logging off, use 'switch users' when prompted to log off when a remote user requests control, an option probably turned off on your HTPC, which, of course, would convey the need for an additional & properly configured account.

So, what I would do (at home) on the HTPC that I want to remote into, is this first: Make sure switch users is enabled, then from the local machine directly start up and login as a user and start your WMC, then 'switch user' - now you can RDP in, and do what you like, it should not affect anything running from the other user account, unless a reboot is required, or a currently running service need to be restarted.

As far as remote control of your home PC from work, that is something typically configured and allowed through the companies IT policy, can vary widely, and would need their permission/approval, but... the same principal would apply on the home pc, although I would configure my terminal server to not allow a connection to a remote computer where another user is currently running for security purposes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #7


Thanks for the tips, but...

You must be logged on as the user running iTunes to manage the library. You can't open a concurrent iTunes under another user looking at the same library.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #8


When the current user 'switches user', his apps stay running. When a remote user logs in, if they cannot manage iTunes, just don't have it running already. I am sure my data is accurate, perhaps you could re-review the info presented already? Of course this is the W7 MC thread, I suggest you ask Apple about iTunes.

Also, because you are logged in as an administrator when you remote in, just stop the itunes service the other user is using.

I really believe this is not a W7 WMC issue, which is the thread you are posting in.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2009   #9


I'm not just making stuff up to make the problem harder for you. Seriously.

iTunes needs to be running all the time under the HTPC local account because a) people access it via the iPhone remote app, and b) people manage it locally too.

You don't think this should be in the WMC area? My question has always been:

"When I remote desktop to a PC running WMC it closes WMC... Any way to work around it without creating new user accounts?"

Thanks for your help but please, all I'm looking for is something like a reg key that says 'allow wmc to run in rdp session'.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2009   #10

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

Your best bet for Itunes might be to have this running in a Virtual Machine which you don't have to access when you RDP into your main machine. Or use another application which can do recording - there's plenty of streaming / recording etc type applications.

WMC is designed NOT to work in a RDP session.

WMC WILL work in a virtual machine (vmware wks 7 / vmplayer - free) which will get round your problem -- but you won't get VIDEO from TV cards or DVD's -- sound will work of course as well as Web type video.

The virtual machine solution IMO is the best one for you -- needs to be a proper VM - not "Windows XP Mode".

screenshot enc of wmc running on a Virtual machine via RDP

Create a W7 virtual machine - there's enough info on the forums on how to do this- start up WMC on it and then minimize it to the background.

Now RDP to your main machine BUT don't switch into the VM.

If you can set up vmware server (free) this is even better but needs a bit of expertise to get working properly.

Don't forget when you want to finish your RDP session choose DISCONNECT rather than LOGOFF which will actually log you off the host machine. Disconnect still leaves your session running on your remote computer -- you just have to enter your password when you get home as the computer user Locked screen will be displayed.

Some apps like SLINGBOX are good for remote access to video etc.
It's another approach I know but actually might be better for what you want.

Sling Media Slingbox Pro review - IT Reviews


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