Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Changing Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) listening port on Windows computer.

Article applies to Microsoft Windows XP and higher OS... This article assumes you are comfortable modifying your Windows registry and will not damage your operating system by accidental mistype or lock of attention.  

Click Start, Run or Search menu - type regedit in the command box and hit enter or OK to open your registry editor... You are looking for PortNumber registry key located under the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcps

Double-click PortNumber, switch Base to Decimal and enter desired listening port number... OK out of the dialog, close registry editor and reboot your computer to reflect new RDC listening port when ready.  

Keep in mind that your software or/and hardware firewalls have to be configured appropriately to allow data flow through your new RDC listening port. Also, make sure there is no conflict exists between opened ports on your computer or around your network.

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