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Easy Run command for remote desktop (RDP client)

Learn how to open Remote desktop from Run window. Remote desktop(RDP) client is used to connect to a remote Windows machine that is running RDP server.
Run the command mstsc to open remote desktop

Run command for remote desktop

Just open Run from start menu and type mstsc in the text box next to open and press enter.

Remote desktop client on Windows

This command mstsc can be executed from command line too.

If you are connecting to a box running client versions of Windows (like Windows 7, Windows 10) then it allows only one active user at a time. We can open multiple connections to a Windows Server 2003/ 2008 /2010 machine. Every time we connect to the server it opens a new user session. To connect to the same user session, use the command mstsc /console. This allows us to login back to the same user session if we already have one.

mstsc /console

This command can be run from command prompt or from Run window.

Run command for opening remote desktop session in full screen mode

Add /f switch to mstsc command.

mstsc /f

Run command for specifying the remote computer name from the command itself

we need to use /v switch in this case.

mstsc /v:computername

Run command to specify remote desktop connection settings using a rdp file

mstsc RDP_filename

A RDP file can be created using the ‘Save As‘ button in the General tab in mstsc(Remote desktop connection client) window.

These commands work on XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2003/2008 operating systems.

Run command for Remote desktop manager

There is no Run command for opening remote desktop connection manager directly. It is usually installed in the path C:\Program Files\Remote Desktop Connection Manager\RDCman.exe. By specifying this complete path we can launch connection manager.

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9 comments… add one
  • Anonymous

    Good information on the command line switches available with the mstsc command. thank you.

  • arasu

    i would like to write command script to check whether the servers could RDP or not.
    we have around 30 servers hence cant run mstsc /v:servername for each. Hence just would like to write cmd script to check all the servers. Could you please help me ?

  • Sandile

    can you please assist me with the system to enable remote access desktop/working into the network user without being there physically,i have i.p address and computer name of the workstation and we are all in one network.

  • Alok

    can user able to see the desktop in mstsc command

  • Jeffrey

    It is not mstsc/console anymore. Now it is mstsc/admin. You can also add it to a desktop shortcut by changing the Target to %windir%\system32\mstsc.exe -admin

    • Jeffrey

      “admin” is different than “console” actually. Admin allows you to boot another user. My bad.

  • neeraj

    Hello..is there any option to trigger MSTC on windows boot up, preferably with pre-specified destination server and credentials?

    Also, if the user logs out of the terminal server, he should get logged out of the local desktop as well.

    I don’t want to give the user the option of a local desktop.

    The local desktop is a Windows 7 system.


  • diogo cid

    Thank’s very gooooood

  • Vironica

    Very Informative… I use RDP and I usually Need these commands

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