RD Enable XP

December 3rd, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Program Details:

RD Enable XP allows you to enable Remote Desktop connections on a remote computer running Windows XP Professional Edition. It is designed for use by administrators within a domain environment. RD Enable XP overcomes the need for physical access to a remote computer which has not been previously configured to accept Remote Desktop connections.

NEW Command Line version is now available: RD Enable CL

Latest Release:
  • Version 1.0 (Full Release)
Operating systems:
  • Windows 7 Professional
    • Tested and works correctly
  • Windows XP Professional Edition
    • Works as described in this document.


Download the Remote Desktop Enable Zip file below, unzip and run the exe installer program from your computer. By downloading you are confirming your agreement to the disclaimer below.

  1. You download and use this program at your own risk.
  2. The author cannot be held responsible in any way for your use of this program.
  3. The author makes no guarantee that this program will function as expected.
  4. Do not download the file if you do not agree with these terms.
Download and Contents:

Instructions for use:

  1. Run the RD_Enable_XP_v1.exe file.
  2. Follow the instructions to install the program.
  3. Run RD Enable XP from the Start Menu Shortcut.
  4. Type in the computer name or IP address of the remote computer.
  5. Press return to enable Remote Desktop or click the Enable or Disable buttons.
  6. The program will attempt to connect and enable/disable remote desktop on the remote computer.

Program Details:

RD Enable XP takes a number of steps that are reported to the in-program log:

  1. Checks to see if the local computer is online.
  2. Checks to see if the remote computer exists on the network/internet.
  3. Checks to see if the remote computer is online.
  4. (Optional) Connects to the remote computer using psexec and forces firewall exceptions.
  5. Attempts to edit the remote system registry.
  6. (Optional) Prompts to launch remote desktop and connect to the remote computer.


  • You must be logged on to the local computer with an account that has administrative privileges on the remote computer.
  • File and printer sharing must be enabled on the remote computer with the appropriate firewall exceptions set and admin shares must be enabled.
  • To force Remote Desktop firewall exceptions you must have a licensed copy of psexec and have set the path in the program options.
  1. DougG
    May 25th, 2009 at 16:02 | #1

    Pure genius.

    Thank you for saving me a trip!

    Douglas Griffith

    Network Admin
    ESCO Corporation
    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Guisborough, UK

  2. Monu
    May 25th, 2009 at 16:03 | #2

    I’ve used your utility in my company’s LAN and found it very helping. Even it worked on 2k3 machine also.

    Best Regards, Monu

  3. Sovath
    May 25th, 2009 at 16:04 | #3

    Hi Phil,

    I found your utility tools very helpful. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Seattle, WA. U.S.

  4. July 21st, 2009 at 11:09 | #4

    hi phil…

    thank u very very much..i was searching this type of software…now i got this..i can enable remote desktop from my system…..this is very helpful thanks phil

  5. David
    October 26th, 2009 at 20:31 | #5

    Doesn’t work on localized version of Windows (e.g. French). The “ping” doesn’t work because it is looking for an English result text. It would be nice if the text it looks for is customizable (or if we could just skip the ping).

  6. November 1st, 2009 at 22:12 | #6

    Hi David, thanks for pointing that out. Looking at my logs I’m surprised to see that this bit of software is still getting 50-60 downloads per week. Perhaps it’s worth me hunting out the old project files to see if I can release an updated version to address this and a couple of other issues! Cheers, Phil

  7. March 10th, 2010 at 07:01 | #7

    This is just fantastic ,saved my job and my reputation

  8. Sunil
    May 19th, 2011 at 07:42 | #8

    Fantastic tool..thanks for the great work.