Cannot connect to Remote Desktop

I am trying to connect to a Windows XP machine through remote desktop. When I try to connect it first pops up the Remote Desktop Connection user name and password box. I type my information in there and click OK. After clicking OK, it goes back to the Remote Desktop Connection screen with the Connect button greyed out for about 2 seconds, then it turns black again. It never gives me an error message or anything. I have verified that Remote Desktop is enabled in the target machine. I have attempted to connect by computer name and IP address. I have verified that Terminal Services service is started. I have updated my video card driver. Is there anything else I can try to get this working?
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michalivAsked:
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LotokCommented:
On the target machine, you can set authorised users for RDP, have you done that?
Also can you remote to it from another PC?
Can you remote to any other PC from your workstation?

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2PiFLCommented:
Are you on the list of authorized users?

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jderaCommented:
Is windows firewall enabled?
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bhnmiCommented:
The reason you are getting the user name pop up is because of the client version you are using(the latest it is default in VISTA and an optional update on xp). You are not actually connecting to anything yet.

So can you ping the hostname and or IP address of the target machine?
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Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
For this to work, you need to check the settings here

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457106.aspx

especially the ones under Configuring Remote Desktop (about half way down)
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forrestoffCommented:
I'm not even sure if the problem in the host.  Have you tried to remote-desktop from a different terminal?  Does it give the same results?
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michalivAuthor Commented:
I am in the Administrator group for this computer which has rights to log in remotely. I have tried from 4 different machines. I can successfully ping this computer and can successfully telnet into port 3389 of this computer from all computers. The firewall was enabled, but had an exception for port 3389. What I find odd, is that all other computers that I have not been able to successfully connect to I get some type of message up letting me know the connection failed. That is why I believe it is making a connection, but then immediately dropping it. Any more ideas?
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jderaCommented:
Try to disable the firewall, if you have not already.  Do not trust windows firewall.
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michalivAuthor Commented:
I have disabled the firewall and still same results. I have also tried sfc /scannow in case it was a Windows file problem. Is there anyway to reinstall this feature (Remote Desktop)?
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LotokCommented:
Have a read of the remote desktop file from Microsoft: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/f47ce263-f72e-469d-bf14-6605b7f4cce51033.mspx?mfr=true

have you tried connecting as console? The above link will tell you how.

If you want to reinstall the remote desktop client, the download link is here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=80111F21-D48D-426E-96C2-08AA2BD23A49&displaylang=en

Also if these ideas fail, can you try a 3rd party remote software like dameware? Once installed on your machine, it will self install on the target PC. I have used dameware 5.5 many many times and it is a real gem for times just link this.

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michalivAuthor Commented:
I have tried connecting as described in the technet article listed above. It asks for the login info, then the connecting box comes up for a few seconds, then disappears. I will try to get approval to download and try dameware from our Network Admins today. Any other ideas in the meantime or am I just going to have to reimage this machine to get it to work?
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michalivAuthor Commented:
Just wanted to see if anyone else had any more ideas before I have to reimage this machine.
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LotokCommented:
How did dameware work out?
Even if for some reason dameware didnt work, it would give an error message and pretty much highlight the problem.

I really think its a good idea to try that first.
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michalivAuthor Commented:
Dameware did work, but the network admins do not really want this on the machine. Is there a way to repair Remote Connection? Would a repair install fix this?
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michalivAuthor Commented:
Also when I select Use Remote Desktop from within Dameware, it shows status connecting, then after 1-2 seconds it says status disconnected. No error message from that.
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LotokCommented:
Did you try this download which reinstalls the remote deskop components?http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=80111F21-D48D-426E-96C2-08AA2BD23A49&displaylang=en
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LotokCommented:
To fix the disconnect issue, I found a good suggestion for you to try.

Download and install devcon.exe from Microsoft. Its a command line device manager tool.

Then Run devcon.exe which will extract it.

Open a cmd prompt
Navigate to the i386 folder devcon made.
Type
devcon.exe -r install %windir%\inf\machine.inf root\rdpdr


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michalivAuthor Commented:
I have tried all the above listed suggestions, but nothing has worked. I think I am down to reformatting this machine. The last suggestion did help with a few other computers that I used to have to go and manually add registry keys for. Thanks for all the help.
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cigrzCommented:
I had the same problem and discovered that the Nividia Graphic driver (ver 175.16) was the culprit. I uninstalled it and went back to ver 169.21.

Remote Desktop on that PC was then accessible to the network again.
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