How can I remote desktop from Windows XP into Windows Vista? Is there an update to XP's mstsc.exe app that will allow it to work with Vista's version of the RDP protocol?
I know there's VNC, but I'd rather avoid starting another service in Vista -- it consumes enough resources as it is.
Thanks for the help!
You need V6 of Remote Desktop
You need to have the current version of the Terminal Services Client (RDP 6.1), which requires XP SP3.
Also try to enable downlevel access from the Vista box:
Start -> Computer -> Properties -> Remote Settings -> "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)"
You do need either Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate too. Though I think there are ways to enable it on home, but it may void your license...
I know you said you didn't want VNC, but CoPilot does work very well, and is quite agnostic about windows versions.
This article discusses the Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client update that helps you use the new Terminal Services features. These features are introduced in Windows Vista and in the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system from a computer that is running one of the following operating systems:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
The Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client can be used to connect to legacy terminal servers or to remote desktops as before. However, the new features that are mentioned in this article are available only when the remote computer is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.
Remote Desktop V6
You can also use the Remote Desktop feature of Windows Live Mesh, which has the additional feature of being able to remote access via Internet Explorer in addition to via the Live Mesh client.
Vista Ultimate has Remote Desktop, Vista Home (including Home Premium) does not. There are ways of enabling it but that is contrary to the licensing.
I'm pretty sure that you can connect from XP to a Vista or Windows 7 machine if you disable the extra layer of security introduced in the newer versions of RDP.
- Open up My Computer and click on the System Properties button
- Select the Advanced System Properties link
- Click on the Remote tab
- In the Remote Desktop section at the bottom select the second option "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)"
That should allow you to connect from your XP machines.