Enable multiple sessions in Windows 7 via Remote Desktop in Five Minutes or Less!

Have you ever tried to connect to another computer to find out that someone is logged in and Windows will not allow multiple sessions?   Nothing is more frustrating especially when trying to make two Windows sessions from a remote location.

Your computer could not connect to another console session on the remote computer because you already have a console session in progress

Multiple RDP Console Error Message

Overriding the single RDP session limit

  • You will be able to use multiple RDP sessions under the same user account (e.g. Administrator)
  • You will be able to use multiple RDP sessions under different user accounts (e.g Administrator, Dennis Ritchie, Bill Gates)

Why does Windows limit RDP sessions?

  • The most likely reason is to collect more in licensing fees and prevent people from abusing the feature to avoid having to purchase client licenses for Windows 7.
 Windows 7 only allows one connection at a time by default, and doesn’t provide any method of changing the setting.  Thankfully there are a lot of brilliant people to solve the limit of one connection to Windows 7 at a time.  I can’t take credit for the actual solution, but I can say that it works perfectly on my Windows 7 64 bit computer and my Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit computer.  If my daughter is using a my computer and I need to RDP into that computer, NO PROBLEM, I can simply make a Remote Desktop connection to the computer she is using using my own user account without her noticing anything happened. There is no noticeable performance degradation with us both using the same computer at the same time but I suspect ample memory is a key factor.

Follow these instructions to activate multiple sessions on a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 Server machine.

  1. Right click this link, and save target to your hard-drive:  Multi-Session Enable for Windows 7
  2. Unzip to a new folder, then navigate to the newly created folder with Windows Explorer.
  3. Right Click file named:  install.cmd (this program installs the dual session fix)
  4. Select Run As Administrator, you’ll see a black command prompt box.
  5. Wait a minute. It will finish with a “service is listening press any key” message.
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Thanks to the Missing Remote website for this awesome utility.  I have had no problems on my Windows 7 (64-bit) or Windows 2008 R2 Server (64-bit AMD) computer however as with any external program please use caution.  I personally put my name behind this utility, I have been using this for several years and not had a single security incident or problem that I can remember.  Let me know if you run into problems, or are still not able to make more than one connection to your computer.

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    • This does allow one user to log into the same account but Windows creates two separate “instances” of the logon. For example, if you were logged in as Administrator and were editing an Excel spreadsheet in one session, then you needed to log in as Administrator again, you would be presented with a “blank slate” as if you logged into Administrator with no programs running but your other session is still available and in memory. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, there have been times where I’ve been doing some web development and I log into Admin from work and some of my files are locked because of the other session. I can easily kill them by opening task manager however I thought it would be worth mentioning. I don’t know if there is a way to log into Admin and “reconnect” to an existing session but this solution I am offering doesn’t seem to have that.

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  1. I have Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit with the latest updates and this doesn’t work. It displays following message :

    Your operating system is not supported.
    Only for Windows 7 Build 7600
    Press any key to continue . . .

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