How-To

Speed Up Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7

Remote Desktop

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

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

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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.


4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ram  

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

  2. Abi  

    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!!

  3. Ade  

    Many thanks for the tips, really helped

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