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Windows 7: Cannot Remote from Windows 7 to XP

13 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot Remote from Windows 7 to XP

I cannot for the life of me get my RDP connection working from Windows 7 Ultimate x64 to my laptop running XP Pro SP3. I can ping the laptop by IP (and now by name as I added it to the HOSTS file in 7) and I can remote from the XP machine to the 7 machine.

I have enabled Remote Desktop on the 7 machine, I have selected "Allow connections from computers running any version of RD...". I cannot see the XP machine in the Network and Sharing centre.

I am logged on to an Administrator account on both machines and they are connected to WORKGROUP. I have allowed RDP connections through the firewall on the 7 machine, and the firewall is disabled on the XP machine. The XP machine is running the Terminal Services service. I do not know how Telnet works on Windows 7 so haven't tested if the XP machine is listening on port 3389.

The 7 machine is connected via cable to a Thompson TG585 v8 router and the XP machine is connected via wireless with WEP enabled and both machines can access the internet (not that this matters as I can ping the XP machine from 7).

I have attached a jpeg of the error I get in Windows 7.

I normally don't have too much trouble fault finding these things but this one has me stuck.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


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14 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

On the XP machine, if you open a cmd prompt and run netstat -ano -p TCP, do you see your machine listening on the local address TCP
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14 Aug 2010   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
In any complex situation the SIMPLEST solution is often the correct one.

If you can PING the computer successfully the chances are that you haven't enabled the ports properly on your router - you will need to port forward to the machine you want to rdp to.

Port 3389 needs to be forwarded and open on any firewall you have -- also ACTIVE-X will need to be available if you want to RDP using a browser.
Follow these instructions.

Remote Desktop Tips for the SOHO User

If you don't have something like a fixed IP address you'll need to set up something like DynDNS for your laptop -- you will need to know the laptops IP address for the W7 computer to access it.

Also make sure that the laptop hasn't gone into Hibernation or sleep mode.

Normally so long as you have an account on the Windows XP PRO machine it works fine.

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