RDP Windows 7 Ctrl Alt Del

Posted on 2012-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-09-17
When I reach a Windows 7 computer via Remote Desktop, the screen that requests a Ctrl Alt Del combination keypress appears.  However, there is not a way to "send" a Ctrl Alt Del keypress to that computer - unlike VNC.

Is there a way to enable this feature?
Question by:baleman2
    LVL 67

    Accepted Solution

    Try Ctrl-Alt-End (see for more). However, RDP should not show you the screen asking you to press C-A-D prior to logging in ...

    Author Comment

    Let me provide more information.

    I provide a datacenter for several different businesses.  They login remotely for access to their software and run their programs from the datacenter.  I have access to a domain controller from which I can use VNC for remote access to their client PC's for support.  VNC works very well most of the time.

    However, there are times when screens do not appear or refresh correctly while using VNC.  At those times (from the Domain Controller) I will use Microsoft RDP to connect to the client PC.  Once I key in the IP address of the client PC, I'm presented with the default "Username" and "Password" boxes, as expected.  Once those boxes have been filled in and I click on "OK", this problem presents itself:  If it has been awhile since the end user has touched the keyboard or moved the mouse, the end user's PC has gone into a "locked" state.  To come out of the "locked" state requires the Ctrl Alt Del combination keypress.  

    If I'm using VNC, I simply click on the VNC icon at the top of "my" window and the Ctrl Alt Del combination keypress is sent.  I have no way of doing that while using Microsoft's RDP.
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    Expert Comment

    Have you read my comment? RDP uses Ctrl-Alt-End instead of Ctrl-Alt-Del.

    I have never seen a screen being locked immediately after I have RDP'd into it. Even if there is a screen saver used locking the screen when idle, RDP unlocks that. With LogMeIn, VNC, DameWare, pcAnyhwere etc. pp., which work by scraping the screen, it is different, since the locked screen appears there.
    With RDP the local screen of the remote target is locked while you are connected - that is by design, and I'm certain you do not refer to that.

    Author Comment

    I'll be working with a couple of Windows 7 computers this afternoon - remotely, with RDP.  I'll try the Ctrl Alt End combination and let you know.

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