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How To Enable Remote Desktop In Windows 10 Home (RDP)

There is no Remote Desktop in Windows 10 Home. Since it was for home usage, Microsoft removed some features from Windows 10 home like group policy editor gpedit.msc and remote desktop RDP. These features are only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

Technology firms tend to reserve a few features for their premium offerings. Microsoft Windows 10 is no exception. Windows 10 Pro has more features than Windows 10 Home has but the former is also a costlier choice. The Home version has enough features for everyday users.

Remote Desktop is used for two reasons:

  1. Connect and control network computers Desktop on your computer
  2. Connect and control your computer (remotely access) from other computers over the network

Upgrading to Windows 10 Pro just to use a specific functionality is not wise and when there are so many remote desktop apps available on Windows Store. Nevertheless, nobody can rule out the sophistication of a native Windows tool.

If you go to Windows Settings app –> System –> Remote Desktop, connect to a remote system, you will see the following error message if you are using Windows 10 Home Edition:

“Your edition of Windows 10 doesn’t support Remote Desktop”

Remote Desktop settings in Windows 10

Remote Desktop settings in Windows 10

Microsoft disabled the tool on Windows 10 Home but did not remove it entirely. With a workaround, you can still enable the premium feature reserved for Windows Pro users without buying an expensive license of Windows 10 Pro.

Trust me! You don’t have to be a computer person or geek to make Windows Remote Desktop tool work on your Windows 10 Home PC. All you need to do is to download a file and install it on your Windows 10 Home PC.

Let’s go through the steps involved to setup remote desktop in Windows 10 Home edition.

How to Remote Desktop Windows 10 Home?

The following steps will allow remote access to your Windows 10 Home computer remotely though the network.

  1. Download RDP Wrapper Library from here. The specific filename is RDPWInst-v1.6.2.msi for automatic installation. Or you can also download the zip file RDPWrap-v1.6.2.zip for manual installation.
  2. Extract the .zip archive to a folder and open the folder.
  3. Open install.bat and then update.bat ‘as admin’. Wait for it execute in command prompt.

    Install RDP Wrapper library

    Install RDP Wrapper library

  4. Congrats! You have enabled RDP or remote desktop protocol and as a result, Windows Remote Desktop is now available on your Windows 10 Home PC.
  5. To view/change the configuration parameters of this wrapper, run RDPConf.bat from the folder. It should look similar to the screenshot below.

    RDP Wrapper Configuration

    RDP Wrapper Configuration

  6. You can now test RDP access to your machine or do a localhost RDP connection test by launching RDPCheck.exe.

There are a few things to note before you invite someone to remotely connect with your PC:

  1. Add a tick mark beside “Enable Remote Desktop” in System Properties. To go to this setting directly, go to Run –> systempropertiesremote.

    System Properties Remote

    System Properties Remote

  2. Make sure your Windows firewall allows TCP and UDP port 3389, which will be used by the RDP server as the default port.
  3. Although this method isn’t illegal, you will still be in breach with Microsoft Windows EULA (End User Licensing Agreement). You should avoid it in commercial settings.
  4. Only give remote access of your PC to people whom you trust or those bounded by a contractual or legal obligation.
  5. You can use the same username and password which you use to login to your system to log in through RDP.

Windows Remote Desktop Alternatives

While these steps are reasonable for most computer users, many people are not comfortable with the idea of patching their OS to add or remove features. At iTechtics, we suggest going for an inbuilt tool whenever possible over a third-party alternative. Nevertheless, there are tens of remote desktop applications available for Windows 10. You can use that application to establish remote connections to and from your PC without any workarounds. These applications also offer mobile and tablet apps. I will start with my personal favorite and the most popular one—TeamViewer.

Third-party apps also reduce the risks involved in enabling RDP port over the network. The native RDP app from Microsoft is vulnerable to all sorts of security threats especially when you allow access to your computer over the Internet.

TeamViewer

TeamViewer is one of the most versatile remote desktop applications available for Windows and all major mobile and desktop platforms. The best part is the application is free for personal and non-commercial use and allows instant remote connection between two computers provided both the computers have the application installed and configured to connect. It does not need any default port to connect to the computer remotely.

Anydesk

A potential competitor to TeamViewer, Anydesk is also free for personal usage is compatible with every device you can think of and it includes your Raspberry Pi in addition to usual mobile and desktop platforms.

Chrome Remote Desktop

For those who live and breathe in their Chrome browser or use a Chromebook, there is not a better option than Chrome Remote Desktop. A Chrome extension developed by Google itself, Chrome Remote Desktop mirrors your Chrome browser on any authorized PC, Tablet or mobile phone.

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Android

Remote Desktop 8
Remote Desktop 8
Price: Free

The same app can be used with Chrome on Windows 10.

Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Windows 10

Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free

In Sum

The idea of using a pro feature on the Home version of Windows 10 without paying for an upgrade, while a fascinating idea, is a workaround at the end of the day. It might or might not work. While the contributors to RDP Wrapper on GitHub are doing an excellent job of keeping the library updated to absorb changes introduced by Windows updates, it is a cat and mouse game. They are not always on the same page. Going by the number of updates Microsoft is pushing to its Windows platform, it is hard to keep up.

If you’re a business that relies on the Remote Desktop tool for business processes, the workaround isn’t exactly a cost saver for you. I recommend you either upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or buy a license to one of the tools I mentioned above. For everybody else, I recommend giving this technique, to enable the RDP server on Windows 10 Home, a try before going for an alternative.

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{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Thomas March 13, 2021, 9:49 PM

    Help!

    Like others, a recent update has removed rdp listening.
    (can no longer connect from a remote machine)

    Tom

    • Luke April 11, 2021, 8:56 PM

      I would like to second this help request.

      The ‘Remote Desktop’ feature on System Properties is gone and the RDP Wrapper Configuration displays ‘Not Listening’.

  • Corky February 27, 2021, 11:31 AM

    Error with the installer. Won’t install. i don’t know why.. still says can’t use rdc. Event viewer is unhelpful.

  • Laura February 23, 2021, 3:14 AM

    I found the fix!
    After 11 months of using the “Remote Desktop Connection” feature, a recent security update left this feature blocked with a prompt to upgrade to Windows Pro for a cool $99.

    I went to the Microsoft App Store, downloaded “Microsoft Remote Desktop” (orange >< logo)
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-remote-desktop/9wzdncrfj3ps?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

    installed the app, added my PC (had to make sure my VPN was connected first).

    VIOLA!!! I have my remote connectivity back!

  • Alex Tafarrodi October 31, 2020, 12:54 AM

    I wasn’t able to even open the 1.62 MSI file: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/releases/tag/v1.6.2
    It says “could not open the file. contact vendor to make sure it’s a valid installation package”
    Win 10 does not give me the option of opening as administrator.
    Tried the zip file: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/releases/download/v1.6.2/RDPWrap-v1.6.2.zip
    and error says: “the archive is either in unknow format or damaged”
    Same error for zip file for version 1.6.1

    • Usman Khurshid October 31, 2020, 5:45 AM

      Please run the MSI file instead of opening and extracting it. I can confirm that the MSI file runs on my computer.

  • RCP August 11, 2020, 7:15 PM

    Win10 Home 19041.388 not “listening” says [not supported]

  • Mike August 2, 2020, 11:13 PM

    I have 2 Lenovo laptops that I was able to log into remotely from my phone.
    Both have windows 10 home. I can no longer log into 1 of them. It shows offline and last seen online may 3, 2020.
    the other laptop is rarely used. I turned it on last week and I can log into it.
    Is there some bug or update that caused this?

  • Jon Biddell July 28, 2020, 3:06 AM

    Interestingly I don’t get the Remote Desktop portion of the System Profiles dialog after following this – I’m trying to RDP TO a Surface Go running Windows Home (not in S mode either).

  • B.A. July 18, 2020, 9:16 PM

    Thank you for this article. RDC just vanished off my Windows 10 Home after the most recent update. It’s like the only Windows feature I use, so my ass was pretty chapped when I noticed it was gone. I tried a bunch of the fixes suggested in articles prior to finding this one. Obviously, none of them worked. After reading this page, I had RDC up and running in less than 2 minutes….and I’m not the least bit computer savvy. Thanks again for the clear, concise, and accurate info!!!

  • FlyingDutchman May 22, 2020, 4:31 PM

    The STASCORP repo on GitHub has now been disabled. Apparently this is probably due to the fact Microsoft now owns GitHub, so updates to the .ini file will be hard to find.

    • Latindorito May 27, 2020, 7:28 AM

      It would be really nice if the article could be updated with the latest version of the code uploaded to gitlab, in order ro reinstate the discussion and the updates to the .ini file, out of Microsoft hands

  • Clark May 1, 2020, 2:41 AM

    Since this has recently become very topical please correct a large mistake in your article. Win10Home DOES support outgoing remote desktop connections and allows you to connect to other PCs. Win10Home does NOT support other PCs connecting TO it.

    Probably most people looking at RDP for the first time now are Win10Home users trying to connect to their work Win10Pro machines which should work just fine.

    • Usman Khurshid May 1, 2020, 12:11 PM

      Hi Clark, I can’t open RDP by going to Run –> mstsc on Windows 10 Home. I have to make it work by using the method in this article. Can you explain how you are able to connect to other PCs using RDP on Windows 10 Home?

      • Ekkehard February 1, 2021, 12:45 PM

        1. Connect to another remote with RDP enabled.
        Win-Button -> write remotedesktopverbindung (german)(english?) -> then use the remotelink as ever.
        2. Let other Computer connect to you or you to another
        Win-Button -> write remotehilfe (german)(english?) -> in this app there are two option: ask for help and give help
        This works for between two Win10home Laptops
        Reagards Ekkehard

  • Calvin Lai April 27, 2020, 8:26 AM

    was able to get remote desktop working on my cheapo HP stream 7 (which comes with win10 home), thanks!

  • TechMage March 19, 2020, 3:11 AM

    If not working for you, you may need to update the ini file which hasn’t officially been updated for awhile. Here are 2 posts where you can update the INI file after installation:

    As Mishniak posted (download of updated ini, instructions)
    https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/issues/928#issuecomment-555456887
    Before installing/updating ini, add this to the downloaded ini:
    https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/issues/928#issuecomment-586759251

    After that it worked for me for Windows 10 Home 1909 18363.720 with termsrv.dll 10.0.18362.657. If it’s a later version, then may need some additional ini info. Good luck! And thanks to all who helped me get it running.

  • Gucio March 16, 2020, 10:04 PM

    Windows 10 1909 – Listener state: Not listening (not supported)…

  • Mike February 28, 2020, 4:02 AM

    This is not working as of 2-27-2020. I get “RDC not listening”.

  • Tom the Toolman February 24, 2020, 11:01 PM

    As of 2/24/20, this does not work on my Windows 10 Home version 1903 (May 2019).

    • Usman Khurshid February 25, 2020, 8:54 PM

      I will check and confirm by tomorrow.

      • J March 30, 2020, 6:14 PM

        Any update on this? Having the same issue.

        • TechMage April 1, 2020, 6:44 PM

          If you scroll up a few comments to the one I left (on 2020-03-19), there are some instructions on how to do this while we await it getting updated. In the discussion thread on Github, it’s been updated by others, and after I figured it out, I came back here and noted that info. It’s an .ini file that needs an update and is pretty easy to do.

  • Anthony Ramirez January 1, 2020, 4:55 AM

    I successfully installed the RDP Wrapper. When I run the rdpconf.bat program I see exactly what is described in the figure in Step 5. However when I run the rdpcheck.bat prog and enter my Microsoft password I get the “Access Denied” message. In addition, I do not see the Remote Desktop information on the System Properties box. I only see the top part (“Remote Assistance”). Any ideas?

    • Mishniak January 4, 2020, 10:52 PM

      Have you tried logging in with a local account (not your Microsoft one)?

      If you are running a very recent version of Windows 10, you may need to update a settings file manually. See this post here: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/issues/928#issuecomment-555456887 . This solved it for me. To check your OS version, press Windows key, type “About my PC” and look for section titled OS build.

  • Bonghwan December 20, 2019, 1:29 PM

    The GitHub link of ‘RDP or remote desktop protocol’ is identified as either a virus or dangerous file. Any idea?

    • Usman Khurshid December 21, 2019, 4:42 PM

      It’s an executable file. If you are downloading it using Chrome or Vivaldi, it’ll show a warning when downloading any executable file including the RDP Wrapper.
      Otherwise, the RDP Wrapper Library is a remote admin tool which should be identified as a threat by default but it is marked as safe by the community largely because it doesn’t hinder any Operating System functionality. Here’s the virustotal result:
      https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/9899ffecf141ab4535ec702facbf2b4233903b428b862f3a87e635d09c6244de/detection

    • Carlos December 30, 2019, 7:09 PM

      It probably is marked as a dangerous file because Microsoft doesn’t want you to enable features you didn’t pay for. Same thing happens with KMSPico for example, which is a way to run unlicensed Windows copies as if they were legitimate.

  • Viktor December 18, 2019, 3:17 PM

    For Home version of Windows I use LiteManager for remote desktop monitoring

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