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Article ID: 284931 - Last Review: July 3, 2012 - Revision: 5.0

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This article describes how to install the Remote Desktop Web Connection in Windows XP.


With the Remote Desktop Web Connection, you can start a remote desktop connection from your Web browser. To do so, point your browser to a server that is configured with Remote Desktop Web Connection, download an ActiveX control, and then connect to a Windows XP-based server with Remote Desktop. Client computers may also connect to a Microsoft Windows 2000-based server or to a server that is running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition.

To turn on the Remote Desktop Web Connection, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  4. Click Internet Information Services, and then click Details.
  5. Click World Wide Web Service, and then click Details.
  6. Select the Remote Desktop Web Connection check box, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK on the Internet Information Services screen.
  8. Click Next on the Windows Components Wizard screen.
Note If you cannot connect to the remote computer after you follow these earlier steps, make sure that Remote Desktop is turned on. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Remote tab.
  3. Make sure that the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box is selected, and then click OK.
  4. Try to connect to the remote computer again.
The files should now be installed. To start the Remote Desktop Web Connection, type the following URL in a client computer's Internet browser, where servername is the name of your server:
Note When you upgrade Windows XP, the Remote Desktop Web Connection Control is not updated. To update it, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. Click Details.
  4. Select the World Wide Web Service check box, click Details, then click the Remote Desktop Connection check box.
  5. Click OK.

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  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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