Enable Remote Desktop Connection on 32-bit Vista Home Premium


Enable Remote Desktop Connection on Vista Home Premium

Edit: I have now made a patch zip file for Vista SP1 available here: http://www.unet.fi/fransblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/termsrv_sp1.zip (hope it works for you, it did ok for my Home Premium SP1.)

There are many nice, but also quite many really irritating aspects to Windows Vista. Some are due to Microsoft intentionally crippling their own products. One of the most tiresome has been the disabling of Remote Desktop Connection. If you have to run down the stairs every time to check whether a particular process has ended or not, it gets old really quick, and double so when you realise that Vista Home Premium actually includes fully-featured Remote Desktop service, it is just broken by design. Here are the instructions to turn it back on — thanks a lot, guys!

Steps to Add Remote Desktop to Vista Home Premium:

1. Download termsrv.zip here
2. Extract Termsrv.zip to a temp directory
3. Start “Command Prompt” in Administrator mode (Run As Administrator)
4. Run the corresponding batch file for your Vista edition
5. Allow TCP Port 3389 on Windows Firewall or any other firewall product.
6. Done


3 thoughts on “Enable Remote Desktop Connection on 32-bit Vista Home Premium

  1. Calc July 1, 2008 / 9:29 am

    Thanks! It works with the procedures above AFTER rebooting my Vista Premium SP1 non-English version (perhaps adding this step as the last step?)


  2. Colin June 3, 2009 / 3:41 pm

    This broke Terminal Services on my x64 Vista machine.

    “System error 193 has occurred. *** is not a valid Win32 application.”

  3. dave September 13, 2009 / 9:11 pm

    thanks for the hack. it all intalled correctly, but neither of my machines will recognize the other. there is alot of comment on other blogs about whether this hack makes the remote desktop options viewable in windows graphic interface under system/remote..the “allow users” tabs. I also let port 3389 thur all my firewalls and antivirus to no avail….any help? i see on another blog it seems to work for about half the folks. maybe windows fixed the hole? comments?

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