HOW TO ENABLE REMOTE DESKTOP USING COMMAND PROMPT ON WINDOWS 10

07.May.2020

On Windows 10, you can use Remote Desktop to access a computer or server remotely to help other users or manage services without having to physically be present at the location.

Although you can manage this feature through the Settings app, you can also enable or disable Remote Desktop on Windows 10 using commands with Command Prompt or PowerShell. You may want to use this method to create a script that you can use to quickly configure Remote Desktop on multiple computers, or send the script to a user, which they can just simply double-click to set up the feature automatically without additional steps.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use Command Prompt to enable or disable Remote Desktop and open the required firewall ports for a successful connection on Windows 10.

How to enable Remote Desktop using Command Prompt

To enable the remote desktop protocol with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to enable the remote desktop protocol and press Enter:

 

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

(Optional) Type the following command to enable remote desktop through the Windows Firewall and press Enter: 

 

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=Yes
 

Once you complete the steps, the protocol will enable, and you’ll be able to access the device remotely.

How to disable Remote Desktop using Command Prompt

To disable the remote desktop protocol with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to disable the remote desktop protocol and press Enter:

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

4. (Optional) Type the following command to disable remote desktop through the Windows Firewall and press Enter:

 netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=No

 

After you complete the steps, the Remote Desktop service will be disabled and the Windows Firewall port will be closed.

We’re focusing this guide on Command Prompt, but you can use the same commands to manage the remote desktop protocol on PowerShell.

 

(Collect Pureinfotech)