Using the original Remote Desktop Client in Windows "8"

An issue a few people are running into while they're getting to grips with Windows "8" is the remote desktop application, the new dare I say it "Metro-style" doesn't seem to be all that great. I personally can't get it to do anything - it's also pretty rare I'd be using Remote Desktop fullscreen, I'm usually doing something else at the same time.

Nevertheless it is of course possible to just use the original Remote Desktop client.

There's a couple of ways you can launch it. You can hit the Start button and start typing mstsc (which can be easily remembered as Microsoft Terminal Services Client) and hitting enter - just make sure you're searching applications, as by default the new Start search doesn't seem to search all categories at once.

Or you can just open Explorer and make your way to Windows\System32\mstsc, you can right-click on that and pin it to the Task bar if you use it a lot.

4 comments

Comment from: Mark [Visitor]
Mark

Thank you ... pulling my hair out with win 8, several functions not working, at least I can now remote desktop into my office computer.

03/03/12 @ 01:25
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]
5 stars
Mark

THANK YOU! That was much needed. I run a multi-display desktop and was at my wit's end on getting the remote desktop client to show up on Screen 2!

Back to normal now.

05/13/12 @ 15:33
Comment from: John [Visitor]
5 stars
John

What moron decided to make one of the basic business uses for any any laptop so unnecessarily frustrating ?

I am asking my tech folks to return the laptops we bought on Monday.

If this simple, obviously necessary task is made so complicated, what else have they managed to make mind-numbingly painful ?

07/13/13 @ 14:56
Comment from: paul [Member]
Paul Smith

John, this post relates to the very first public release of Windows 8, hence "8". In Windows 8 RTM this behaves normally.

07/13/13 @ 18:38