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I have a couple of users that have used their XP Home edition machine with the downloaded Remote Desktop. And every 90 days they would have to delete the MSLicensing from their registery, reboot & they would be able to connect again. Now when they try deleting the MS Licensing they still get the licening error message. Has Microsoft came out with a update that would prevent them from using Remote Desktop from XP Home edition?  


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by:Lee W, MVP
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Please clarify:

Are these users connecting FROM an XP Home machine TO a Windows Server/XP Pro/Vista Business system?  
Or are these users connecting TO an XP Home machine?

And what, exactly, did they download?

And what key, exactly, are you talking about - "MSLicensing"
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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To be clear, I've worked with dozens of systems and seen dozens of questions here and NEVER heard of doing ANYTHING with an "MSLicensing" key/value in the registry no heard of ANY problems connecting FROM XP Home.

XP Home is NOT LICENSED for connections TO it and if you are using some kind of hack to allow them to connect TO XP Home machines with remote desktop, we cannot help you as that would be assisting you in violating licensing.
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by:Michael Worsham
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Are you trying to have the workstation do the Remote Desktop Controller (server) or are you connecting from the workstation to a server that is running Remote Desktop (RDP)?
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by:SMT01
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This connection is from a XP Home edition TO a 2000 Server running RDP. Other XP professional machines can connect to the server without issue!

In the past I would have the user do the following and they would once again be able to use Remote Desktop to connect TO the 2000 Server!

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSLicensing
Delete all the keys that are located under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSLicensing key.
On the File menu, click Exit.
Restart the computer.

But now this does not work on these XP Home Edition pc's. Has anyone run into this?
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by:Michael Worsham
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How many machines are trying to RDP to the Windows 2000 Server at the same time?

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by:Lee W, MVP
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Do you have Client Access Licenses for those XP Home systems installed on the 2000 Server?  2000 Server counts XP Pro licenses as valid CALs - but NOT XP Home licenses.
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by:SMT01
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I may have no more that 3 or 4 at any given time. Right now I only have 2. Admin & 1 user. I have enough license.
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This just started to happen within the last week or so.
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What EXACTLY is the error message the XP Home clients have.

If you are not appropriately licensed, this will not be resolved.  
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