Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 Update for Windows 7 SP1 released to web

Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 Update for Windows 7 SP1 released to web

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Update on February 12, 2014: The RDP 8.1 packages have been re-released and are now available on the Download Center and via Windows Update. To download the packages, go to Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1.

Update on March 6th, 2014 : In order to install the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 client for Windows 7 SP1,the following updates should be installed in the order shown:


  1. KB 2574819: An update is available that adds support for DTLS in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1  
  2. KB 2857650: Update that improves the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections features is available for Windows 7
  3. KB 2830477: Update for RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feature is available for Windows
  4. KB 2913751: Smart card redirection in remote sessions fails in a Windows 7 SP1-based RDP 8.1 client
  5. (Optional) If you experience connection reliability issues after installing KB 2913751, we recommend installing KB 2923545: Update for RDP 8.1 is available for Windows 7 SP1 .


We are glad to announce that the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1 is now available for installation through Windows Update for download at the Microsoft Download Center.

With this update, users who use Windows 7 SP1 client devices will be able to connect to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 remote computers and experience all the new features that the latest versions of these operating systems introduce, such as:

· Support for faster reconnection times

· RemoteApp experience improvements

· Remote Desktop Gateway pluggable authentication and authorization

This knowledge base article has more information on new features, setup instructions, and download locations. Head over there to download and install the update. Following are answers to some of the questions you might have about the update.

1. Can I install this update on a computer that has the RDP 8.0 update installed?

Yes, you can install the update on computers running Windows 7 SP1 that already have the RDP 8.0 update installed. You don’t need to uninstall the RDP 8.0 update to install this update.

2. Does this update introduce any new server-side improvements (i.e. virtual desktop improvements)?

No, this update only adds features to the Remote Desktop Connection client. No RDP server-side improvements (such as Windows 7 SP1 virtual machine or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Remote Desktop Session Host) are made available as part of this update.

3. While installing the update I am seeing the following installation error: “This update is not applicable.” What should I do?

This error can occur when the update has already been installed or the prerequisite packages are not installed. Please follow the instructions in the KB article.

4. Can I install the update on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1?

Yes, the update can be installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.

5. How do I verify that the update package has installed successfully?

Launch the Remote Desktop Connection client program from the start screen, click on the small remote desktop icon in the top-left corner of the application dialog box, and then select About. Verify that the About message says “Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 supported.”


6. I have Windows Embedded Standard 7 based thin clients. When will the RDP 8.1 update be available for my devices?

We are working with thin client manufacturers to validate and release the update for Windows Embedded Standard 7. The updates for your respective devices will be available from the device manufacturer. Please contact your thin client manufacturer for availability.

We hope this answers your questions about Windows 7 SP1 support. Let us know if you have further questions; we recommend posting your questions to the RDS & TS forum.

In summary, with the release of the RDP 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1, Remote Desktop Windows Store application for Windows 8.1, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android, users can get a rich RemoteFX experience on a broad set of devices. 

Thanks for reading.

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  • Thanks for the information on recent windows update. Can u please tell me is there any additional licensing is required to use SA server 2012 R2 series benefits on my system with RDP 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1. or it will simply work by downloading it from the web.

  • RDC 8.1 re-released

    Smart Card Redirection Fix

  • Smart Card redirection fixed, BUT

    rdp repaint issues with 32bit color rdp session is NOT!

    More info:

    Do not recommend for installation AGAIN :(

  • I dunno whether my WSUS db had the november updates still or  the new one from 12th feb but all our remote offices could not connect this morning after we accidentally approved this update and had it installed on the clients

    BANG there went a days work

  • We install RDC 8.1 2014 Feb update

    But it is unable to use their redirected smart cards in remote sessions again with Third party Smart Card application.

    And uninstall sub packages .

    Then RDC 8.1 down to RDC 6.1 and works well.

    So we think this update is still not work smart card redirects.

  • Installed this patch on our workstations. Now staff are unable to access our RDS server from home and any other off site location. We are using a RDS load balancer. In those logs I see the connection come in and the redirection command along with the RDS server they are directed to. When checking the logs on the server to which they are redirected nothing appears. It's as if the RDC is not recognizing the redirect command from the RDS load balancer.

    Unable to find an easy answer and now forcing removal of this update from all computers.

  • After installing  this update from windows updates it would not allow my computer to access the network. It kept giving invalid ip errors. Uninstalled works fine  

  • I sure hope Microsoft has addressed the huge problem of high-DPI Windows 8 devices being forced to drop down to miserable 1920x1080 resolution before trying to access Windows 7 computers.  With all the hype of better quality displays and "support" in Windows 8/8.1, the remote access guys apparently never got the memo.

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  • The installation order for updates #2 and #3 are listed differently in the download screen details, linked to from the KB.  Which is correct?

  • With this update you are not able to connect to Windows 2000 Servers anymore. So anyone who needs to connect to Windows 2000 Server systems need to have atleast a fallback terminal server (i.e. Windows 2003 with the old rdp client).

  • Is there any known fix or way to revert the client if you are running Windows 8.1 which has a problem whereby if you connect to a Server 2012 system (Not R2) and use RemoteApps, periodically if you're working on a local installed app, the remoteapps that are running will suddenly come to the foreground and take focus away on the client.

    It's an issue on Windows 7 clients which have the update, but the "fix" is to uninstall the update - on Windows 8.1 this is not possible - and as a result RemoteApp has effectively been broken and users cannot use Windows 8.1 - which I also cannot revert because apart from the specific improvements people want elsewhere in Windows 8.1, if it's preinstalled on the system, there's no uninstall or way to revert to Windows 8.0 - where everything does/did work just fine. The issue clearly arises only after and when using the RDC 8.1 client.

  • My notebook is having update #1 & #2 installed but I'm not able to install #3 by automatic update enabled or by downloading manually. Pls. help.

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