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Speed Up Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7

If you use Remote Desktop (RDP) to connect to other computers on your network, you’ll want to speed up the process. Here’s how to configure optimal settings for a faster RDP experience.

After you have Remote Desktop enabled. Start a new RDP session and click Options.

Remote Desktop

Next, click the Display tab. Slide the Display Configuration to a smaller size. Under Colors, select High Color (16 bit).

Now click the Experience tab. Uncheck all of the settings to optimize performance. Or simply select Modem (56 Kbps) from the dropdown menu.


Select the computer you want to remote into and click Connect.


Your Remote Desktop session won’t look as glamorous as having the display settings turned up, but it will make for a faster and more fluid  experience.

RDP Connection

This is especially handy on slower networks and older Windows systems.

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4 Responses to Speed Up Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7

  1. Ram April 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    iam not sure whether it’s a windows 7 nor 8,but can you provide default setting to make rdp faster.

  2. Abi October 13, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Was trying to explain this to my parents (they are technophobes) – this is a great guide, gonna send it over to them and hope for the best… wish me luck!!

    • Steve Krause October 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

      That’s great! Glad our site could help you!

      gP Founder

  3. Ade April 2, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Many thanks for the tips, really helped

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