Get the best RDP 8.0 experience when connecting to Windows 7: What you need to know

Get the best RDP 8.0 experience when connecting to Windows 7: What you need to know

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The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 update for Windows 7 provides many advantages for the remote work experience; for all the details, see KB2592687.

However, to benefit from the experience enhancements in RDP 8.0, you must configure your client and server correctly, as instructed in KB2592687. So if you want the best RDP 8.0/Windows 7 remote work experience, make sure you do the following three things:

1. Install updates KB2574819 and KB2592687 on the Windows 7 (not Windows Server 2008 R2) system you’ll be connecting to. If you’ll be connecting to this system from a Windows 7 PC, install these updates on that system as well. (If you’re running Windows 8 on your client PC, you’re all set. Sorry, there’s no RDP 8.0 support for Windows Vista or Windows XP.) After the installation, restart your computer.

2. RDP 8.0 is disabled by default, so you must enable the following Group Policy settings on the Windows 7 system you’ll be connecting to:

  • “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Remote Session Environment\Enable Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0” should be set to “Enabled”
  • “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections\Select RDP Transport Protocols” should be set to “Use both UDP and TCP”

Important: After these policy settings have been configured, restart your computer.

3. Allow port traffic: If you’re connecting directly to the Windows 7 system, make sure that traffic is allowed on TCP and UDP for port 3389. If you’re connecting via Remote Desktop Gateway, make sure you use RD Gateway in Windows Server 2012 and allow TCP port 443 and UDP port 3391 traffic to the gateway.

When you connect, look for the connection quality indicator on the Connection bar. If you click it, you should see a message saying that UDP is enabled. If you don’t see either of these two items, you’re not getting the full RDP 8.0 experience and you should check your configuration. If you see both of these, congratulations, you’re on RDP 8.0!


Please do note that while RDP 8.0 for Windows 7 provides many advantages, it has some limitations as well. For more information about these particulars, see KB2592687.

For more information about all the great improvements that come with RDP 8.0, see the following blog posts:

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  • May we have the same for 2008 R2 please ?

  • How can you push this to the clients? When I try to create a group policy (Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012) I do not see either option in "enable the following Group Policy settings"

  • I installed the RDP 8 Update and activated it in the local policy. Now I can no longer connect. When I remove "Enable RDP8" then it works but only without RDP8.

  • When will you guys update the Mac RDP client to support RemoteFX and RDP 8?

  • I am RDPing from Windows 7 to Windows 7 and both computers have these updates. My colleagues and I see a problem where the SHIFT key seems to get "stuck" in the remote session even though we released the key on the host. It happens if you use CTRL+SHIFT simultaneously and release CTRL first. Very annoying if you use CTRL-SHIFT often (e.g. with arrow keys to move around documents/code/etc.). Any ideas on how to resolve this?

  • I can install in windows server 2012 ? thank ..

  • This is great

    Multiple RDP sessions: here we go

  • How can we change the listening port number of both TCP RDP and UDP RDP? I know there was a registry setting that would control this for TCP; but I am not quite sure of the UDP one.

    also, what happens to UDP connection when you specify a port number in the URL? let's say I specify "myWin8RDP:12345" in remote desktop's "connect to" field. does it try both the TCP port 12345 AND UDP 12345 to connect to the remote host or it is just stuck to 3389 UDP?

    last question: how would you change the UDP port of the RD Gateway? the UDP 3391?

  • Can you tell me what does the UDP port 3391 add for functionality or performance?

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