How to “Remote Desktop” When Remote Desktop Is Disabled

As a Network Administrators, we use the Remote Desktop option for remote support — but sometimes Remote Desktop has been disabled on the remote computer and it needs to be restarted.
Because you (should) have administrator rights to the remote comptuer — you can restart the service remotely.
  1. Run Regedit
  2. Select File –> Connect Network registry
  3. Enter the name of the remote computer and select Check Name
  4. At the bottom of the registry tree you will see 2 Hives appear
    Hkey_Local_Machine and 
    Hkey_Users (under the remote computer’s name)
  5. Goto  hklmsystemcurrentcontrolsetcontrolterminal serverFdenyTSConnection=1
  6. Change the FdenyTSConnection to 0
  7. Attempt to Re-Login
Thanks Ed!

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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4 Responses to How to “Remote Desktop” When Remote Desktop Is Disabled

  1. jihan says:

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  2. Rick says:

    I got an error message at Step 3 after selecting Check Name:Error Connecting Network Registry "Unable to connect to <hostname>. Make sure that this computer is on the network, has remote administration enabled, and that both computers are running the remote registry service."The computer is on the network and has remote administration enabled (netsh firewall set service type = remoteadmin mode=enabled). I’m not sure about running remote registry service. Is that svchost.exe -k LocalService? Anyhow, I can’t get it to work.

  3. Rick says:

    Good enough. I manage to make the remote desktop work. I need to look into connecting to  remote registry.Thanks.

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