Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 5674
  • Last Modified:

Cannot connect with remote desktop

I have Windows XP Pro SP2 and my wife has Windows XP Home. When I attempt to use remote desktop I get the following: Desktop Disconnected - The client could not connect. You are already connected to the console of this computer. A new console session cannot be established.

I can ping her address and access her files using My Network Places. I have enabled remote desktop on her machine. Our router is a Netgear MR814V2 connected via cable.
2 Solutions
you can't connect to XP home with RDP, you can do remote assistance request.

on another note, that error is from my knowledge ONLY given if you attempt to connect to yourself.  Are you accidentally trying to connect to yourself?
RoadRoyAuthor Commented:
I followed these Microsoft instructions:

To install Remote Desktop Connection (32-bit computers)
On the computer running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, insert the Windows XP Professional compact disc into your CD-ROM drive.
When the Welcome page appears, click Perform additional tasks, and then click Set up Remote Desktop Connection.
Follow the directions that appear on your screen.

A dialog box indicated that Remote Desktop was alread installed on that machine.

From the following, it sure appears that I should be able to use remote desktop on my wife's Home machine:

Remote Desktop enables a variety of scenarios, including:

Working at home - Access work in progress on your office computer from home, including full access to all local and remote devices.
Collaborating - Bring your desktop to a colleague's office to debug some code, update a Microsoft PowerPoint slide presentation, or proofread a document.
Sharing a console - Allow multiple users to maintain separate program and configuration sessions on a single computer, such as at a teller station or a sales desk.

To use Remote Desktop, you need the following:

A computer running Windows XP Professional ("remote" computer) with a connection to a Local Area Network or the Internet.
A second computer ("home" computer) with access to the Local Area Network via network connection, modem, or Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. This computer must have Remote Desktop Connection, formerly called the Terminal Services client, installed.
Appropriate user accounts and permissions.

This still does not answer the original error message. I have tried connecting using both her IP address( and her computer name (Darlene.) The IP address results in Remote Desktop Disconnected - The remote computer has ended the connection. The  computer name results in Remote Desktop Disconnected - The client could not connect. You are already connected to the console of this computer. A new console session cannot be established.

Hi RoadRoy,

The thing you install is just the remote desktop client to connect to XP Pro, 2003 Server etc. It wont allow you to connect to XP Home.

Have you thought about RealVNC? Its similar free and might just be what your after.
I resently upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. When I try to remote in to one of our servers I get "Your computer could not connect to another console on the remote computer because you already have a console session in progress".
I have 5 other servers and can get to them fine...Any thought to how I might be able to either delete the Remote dessk top connection from my machine or how I can figure this out some other way?

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now