By Ellie / Last Updated July 1, 2022

Why do we need to disable Remote Desktop?

Many users may know that the remote PC must have been enabled if someone wants to RDP to a remote server. But few of them realize that once the remote session is completed, the Remote Desktop should be disabled. Why? Actually, the reason to disable RDP is to avoid RDP exploits.

Actually, although RDP is widely used, it has some dangerous vulnerabilities like the well-known BlueKeep, 3389 exploit, and so on. Because of these vulnerabilities, RDP can be easily attacked. Worse, the data and privacy can be easily leaked if RDP is exploited, which is extremely harmful. So, for the security of RDP, we should disable RDP when the RDP session is finished.

How do I disable Remote Desktop in Windows 11, 10?

Here we summarize the 3 quickest methods with step-by-step guides to tell you how to disable Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 10, 11, 8, 7, such as using Registry Key, running the command line, or utilizing Group Policy.

Method 1. Disable RDP by using Registry Editor

Step 1. Press Win + R and then input “regedit”, and then press the “Enter” key to open the Registry Editor.

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigation:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server.

Step 3. Double-click fDenyTSConnections

fDeny

Step 4. Change the value data to 1 to disable the Remote Desktop. And then click on “OK”. 

Change Value Data

Method 2. Disable RDP by using Local Group Policy

And we can also disable Remote Desktop with Group Policy on Windows 10. Follow me to operate. 

Step 1. Press Win + R and then input “gpedit.msc”, and then click on “OK”.

Run Box Gpedit

Step 2.Navigate to Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections >  Allow users to connect remotely by Using Remote Desktop Services

Allow Users to Connect

Step 3. Double-click on “Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services”, and then tick “Disabled”. Click on “OK”. 

Disable Allow Users

Method 3. Disable RDP by running command line

☞ Running CMD

Step 1. Search CMD in the search box and then right-click on the option, choose “Run as Administrator”.

Run as Administrator

Step 2.Type the following command line to disable the RDP:

reg add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Disable RDP CMD

Step 3. After that, RDP is been disabled.

☞ Running Powershell

Step 1. Search Powershell in the search box and then right-click on the option, choose “Run as Administrator”.

Run Powershell from Search

Step 2. Type the following command line and press the "Enter" key:

Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server’-name “fDenyTSConnections” -Value 1

Disable RDP Powershell

Step 3. Now the RDP is successfully disabled.

A free & secure alternative to Remote Desktop

Do you get how to disable Remote Desktop on Windows 10 to avoid exploits on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7... now? Disabling RDP can truly protect our important data or privacy from being leaked. However, we have to admit that after disabling the RDP for security reasons, we can’t RDP to a server successfully. At this time, you may need to use a third-party remote access software AnyViewer.

Compared to RDP, it has the following advantages:

★Benefits:
 AnyViewer is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, which can absolutely safeguard your remote session all the way.
 Its easy operation and fast connection speed are worthy to be appreciated.
 You won't be limited by the same LAN, which means you can remotely access anywhere and anytime.
Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on the two PCs.  Sign up for an AnyViewer account and fill in the information. Log in to the same account on 2 PCs.  And the PCs will be assigned to the account. 

Log in

Step 2. On the local PC, click "Device" and you can see what device has logged into the AnyViewer account. Locate the remote computer that you want to control, click it and click "Remote control" to achieve unattended remote access with one click.  

Devices

Note: To view the remote PC without its screen being seen by others, you need to upgrade to an advanced plan

Step 3.  Now the secure connection is established. You can see the remote desktop on the client PC as if you as you were sitting in front of another computer. You can access files, restart it, open Task Manager, and so on. 

Operation

Note: If you need to remote into a friend's PC to give support, "Sending a request control" can be workable for you.

Conclusion

In this post, we tell you how to disable Remote Desktop by using Group Policy and Registry Key, running the command line. But it seems that disabling it each time is too annoying. Therefore, try AnyViewer and it surely can give you comfort.