How to use Remote Desktop in XP

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
In Vista, I can click Start | Run and type in:

mstsc /admin

to bring up remote desktop connection app.  When I do this in XP, it freaks out.  I get a big dialogue box suggesting various parameters:

Remote Desktop Connection
MSTSC [<Connection File>] [/v:<server.....

Any ideas what is the difference and is there a way to /admin in XP like I can in Vista?
Question by:brettr
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    Expert Comment

    With Windows XP, if you are logged in to an administrator account, everything is run as admin.  UAC is what changed this behavior in Vista and newer.

    Have you tried running the command without /admin?

    Also, is Windows XP up to date and does it have the newest Terminal Services Client installed?
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    Try the following

    mstsc /v:<server addr> /admin

    Supported on XP Pro
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    mstsc /v:SERVER /console

    Author Comment


    I tried that using the name of the TS gateway I connect with.  It still pops up the big parameter dialogue.


    Tried that using the TS gateway server name but it fails to connect.

    I notice in WinXP, the RDC program doesn't have an advanced tab for entering in a TS gateway.  Is that not supported in XP?  Is there something else I can use?
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    Accepted Solution

    Description of the Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows Vista SP2

    Is this installed?

    Author Closing Comment

    Perfect.  Just what I needed.

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