Multiple RDP Sessions to Windows 7 Home Computer
Have you ever wanted to make two RDP sessions to a single Windows 7 Operating System? If you are running Windows 2008 R2 Server then you surely have come across the need to make more than one connection. With this simple tweak, you can make Dual RDP Sessions to most Windows 7 or Windows Servers. I have been using this tweak for at least three years and have not had a single problem.
Instructions on setting up Dual RDP for Windows
The steps involved in setting up multiple remote desktop sessions to a Windows 7 machine are simple and can be completed in ten minutes or less. The image below illustrates what you can do once you set up the dual-rdp functionality in your Windows 7, Windows 7 Home Premium. This has not been tested in Windows 8 but I believe that Windows 8 is different and you should not try.
If you do not have multiple-rdp (dual-rdp) set up on the computer then you’ll see this message when trying to make a second connection to the same machine concurrently.
Enable Dual Remote Desktop for Windows 7
Download the RDP patch for Windows 7 here, and save it to your hard drive. Unzip the contents and navigate to the unzipped files. Find the file named install.cmd and run it via the right-click “Run As Administrator” on your Windows computer. When running the Dual-RDP fix you’ll see a black command prompt box, wait for the program to finish running and you see the message saying that the service is listening, and press any key to continue.
Operating Systems Successfully Implementing Dual RDP – Remote Desktop Sessions
- Windows 7 (64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32-bit)
- Windows 7 Home
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 2008 R2 with 64bit AMD (my setup)
If you have success with the tool or have any feedback or suggestions contact me via comments. If you found the article useful would you consider +1 on Google plus to help it rank better on the SERPs? Every one helps and it very seldom (few times a year) that someone takes the time to do it so I really do appreciate it! After all the Dual RDP is saving you tons of money, but with that said, use it only if you feel that it would be allowed by Microsoft (e.g. you are a Microsoft developer)
Were you looking for Dual RDP Monitors, or Dual Monitors?
If you were simply looking for dual monitors and not multiple concurrent account login that Dual RDP provides then you can follow these simple instructions on Tech Republic, a website that I happen to enjoy for tech articles. If you’re using multiple monitors on your system setup and you regularly connect to other systems via RDP then you know that it sucks to downgrade from a triple, dual monitor system to a single one just because you are using Remote Desktop!
NOTE: dual-monitors ability is available only in the Ultimate and Enterprise (server) editions.
The technology for enabling the RDP dual sessions was created (or found) by a website called the Missing Remote. Consider visiting them to support this valuable feature.