5 Ways to Fix Remote Desktop Not Working on Windows 11

The Windows operating system has a built-in feature called Remote Desktop Connection that enables users to connect remotely to a computer. However, some users may encounter issues when attempting to connect to a computer remotely in Windows 11. In this article, we will discuss what to do if you encounter this error on your Windows 11 computer.

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Fix Windows 11 Remote Desktop Not Working

Before we delve into the troubleshooting guide, it is worth noting that Remote Desktop is not available on the Windows 11 Home Edition. To use the built-in Remote Desktop tool in Windows, you must have either the Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise edition. If you are using Windows 11 Home, you can unblock it using the RDP Wrapper Library.

Here are some steps to follow if Remote Desktop is not working in Windows 11.

1. Re-enable Remote Desktop

If the Remote Desktop is not working, first make sure the option is enabled in windows settings.

1. Open Settings by pressing Win + I on the keyboard.

2. Click on the System tab from the left pane and go to Remote Desktop.

3. Toggle on the switch for the Remote Desktop.

2. Restart Remote Desktop Service

Before connecting to a remote computer, make sure that the Remote Desktop Service is enabled. If not, enable it by following these steps:

1. Search for Services in the Windows search bar and open it.

search and open services
search and open services

2. Look for the Remote Desktop Service and double-click on it.

3. Choose Startup type to Automatic from the drop-down menu.

4. Click on the Start button. If the Start button is greyed out, then first click on Stop and then on Start.

5. Finally, click on OK.

3. Allow Remote Desktop through Windows Firewall

The Windows built-in Firewall may be blocking the Remote Desktop connection, which is why you are encountering issues. To resolve this, allow RDP through Windows Defender Firewall:

1. Search for Allow an app through Windows Firewall in the search bar and open it.

search and open allow an app through windows firewall
search and open allow an app through windows firewall

2. Click on Change Settings.

click on change settings
click on change settings

3. Scroll down and select Remote Desktop and allow it through both Public and Private.

4. If you use a third-party antivirus, make sure to add an exception.

4. Disable UDP using Registry Value

Some users have reported that Remote Connection stops working after installing the 22H2 update. This could happen because there is a bug in the Remote Desktop client that is only trying to use the UDP connection, not TCP. To fix this issue, create a new registry value set to 1 to disable UDP:

1. Press the Windows + R key to open the run dialog box, type Regedit, and hit Enter.

023 regedit in the run dialog box

2. Navigate to this path in the left pane:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\Client

3. Right-click on the Client folder and select New > DWORD(32-bit) Value.

4. Name the vakue ast fClientDisableUDP.

5. Double-click on the created value, set its value to 1 and click on the OK button.

5. Disable UDP using Group Policy

If the Registry Editor process seems complicated or you have a Windows Pro version, you can try disabling UDP from the Group Policy Editor:

1. Press the Windows + R key to open the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.

014 gpedit dialog box

2. Navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administration Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Connection Client

3. Double-click on “Turn off UDP on Client” from the right pane.

4. Click on the Enable radio button and click OK.

We hope that these solutions have resolved your Remote Desktop issues on Windows 11.

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