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Windows 7: Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) - Network

02 Nov 2009   #30
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Xality View Post
Oh hey there, how you doin? I've just registered and hope you guys might be able to help me...

I have Windows7 on this machine and all I am trying to do is set up Remote Desktop to connect to this PC from work.

I am behind a router, my PC is on and have forward the default Remote Desktop port (3389) to that IP.

Now, when I use my WinXP laptop (same network) to test it, I only seem to be able to connect to my Win7 machine sucessfully by using a local ip ( but if I type the IP address for my router there I just get: "Remote Desktop Disconected-> This computer cant connect to the remote computer..."

I have gone on a website which scans for open ports and 3389 is opened, the router is pointing that port to this machine and yet I cant seem to connect for some reason, have tried switching the firewall off on both machines and same issue.

I do have a proper user/password so its not because of a blank password either.

So I am very confused, the Desktop Connection works from within the LAN, which means there isnt any settings that need modifying on the Win7 machine, the router is forwarding the 3389 port to the machine and I have confirmed the port is opened, have tried disabling firewall on router, setting my machine (.3) as a DMZ server, even adding the :3389 after the IP address from the WinXP laptop and still... no joy....

Any ideas?
When you say that your router is forwarding port 3389 to the machine, you mean the IP of the Win7 PC, right? You did set the Win7 PC to accept RDC automatically, right?

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03 Nov 2009   #31


Yup, port 3389 is forwarding to the PC with Win7, and the PC with Win7 is accepting RDC automatically...

I beleive that the PC with Win7 is properly configured because I can use RDC from my laptop (WinXP) to connect to it if I input the Win7's local IP address to connect to...

so this works:

Laptop ---->LAN-----> Win7

but this doesnt:


My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2009   #32

W7 Home Premium 64bit
RDP from XP to W7 Home Premium

I've followed all the instructions on this thread but still I can't connect to my Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium PC from my Windows XP SP3 laptop.

I'm trying it first with both computers on my local home network, and I've tried connecting to both the direct IP address and the computer name, but the connection request just times out.

RDP from my laptop to other XP computers in my business domain works.
My home PC cannot be in the domain, could this be the problem?

Thanks for any suggestions

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11 Nov 2009   #33
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition

Try it and see, but it sounds like you have some other issues!
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23 Nov 2009   #34

Win 7 Pro

Can someone explain how to change the RDP Port while I am in a domain? I changed the listening port through regedit, but could not edit the firewall rule.
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25 Nov 2009   #35
John Gray

Windows 7

I think it should be stated in the tutorial - preferably at the front - that if you have Windows 7 Home Premium (or below) then you do NOT see Remote Desktop options on the Remote tab!

Furthermore, the following should be made clear:

For all versions of Windows 7:
  • Your machine can connect to other desktops remotely using Remote Desktop client.
Home Premium and below:
  • Your machine cannot act as a remote desktop host (that is, be connected to from another computer) since terminal services are disabled entirely.
Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate:
  • Your machine can act as a remote desktop host (that is, be connected to from another computer).
  • Only a single user can connect to your machine at a time, since the usual terminal services 'feature' means that a second connecting user will terminate the session of the first. Amazingly, this happens 'by design'...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Nov 2009   #36

W7 Home Premium 64bit


Thanks very much for this clarification:

Home Premium and below:
  • Your machine cannot act as a remote desktop host (that is, be connected to from another computer) since terminal services are disabled entirely.
That explains my problems.

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15 Dec 2009   #37

Windows 7
RDC with specific port forwarding- routr-multiple comps

Hello All! New to the forum but I felt inclined to share my experience of the windows 7 RDC environment as well as Vista.
Top Marks to the details above, exactly as is written however we came across a cpl of points in our small business network - 5-8 users. We have a router with port forwarding enabled and so each computer operates on a different port (multiple computers behind a router). We have a couple of of switches on our network as well - Our office spans two "condos".

We are all in the process of upgrading to windows 7 and had the following issue with the firewall. After allowing remote desktop on the firwall settings (in and out - public and domain) we could not figure out what else we had to do to enable the remote desktop connection. Two computers upgraded from vista ultimate worked fine and two upgraded from XP could not connect. We figured there was some setting that had been preserved in the upgrade (from Vista) but not the clean install (from XP). Turns out that it is necessary to do the following.

Start (round button!) > Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings (Left hand side of screen) > Inbound Rule (left hand side) > New Rule (Right Hand Side) > Select PORT radio button > TCP radio button and enter the specific port > hit next and voila - remote desktop with port forwarding enabled.

Seems pretty silly looking back however thought I would share this in case other people waste 4 hours on a silly problem!!
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19 Dec 2009   #38

Windows 7
Still an issue to figure out...

Greetings all.. I just joined, and posted a question, but when i went back and looked at MrHawkings comment, everything was cleared up. Thanks Hawkings. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #39


Unfortunately, it is not. The only OS I have seen allow this are the server platforms...

And Thanks for the tut Nos :)
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