By Vivian / Last Updated January 21, 2022

What is Group Policy?

What is Group Policy? In short, Group Policy is a feature of Windows that allows network administrators to regulate the environment in which users and computer accounts work. It provides administrators with a comprehensive location to manage and modify the operating system, program, and user preferences. If used wisely, Group Policy can help you strengthen the security of your users' computers and protect against internal and external threats.

Apart from that, the Group Policy of RDP can have a significant impact on the remote session. After enabling Remote Desktop through Group Policy, the policy settings specify which individuals or groups can view a remote device's logon screen via a Remote Desktop Services connection to a certain server but not the console of that same server.

In this post, we are going to explore more about how to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 7 through Group Policy.

Detailed steps to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 7 through Group Policy

Here we‘ll introduce the way to use Group Policy to enable Remote Desktop, just follow the step-by-step guides.

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

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigation:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections

Allow Users to Connect

Step 3. On the right pane, double click on “Allow users to connect using Remote Desktop Services”.

Step 4. Select “Enabled”, and then click on “OK”. Now the Remote Desktop is enabled successfully.

Enable RDP by Group Policy

Note: If you need to disable it, click on “Disabled” and then select “Apply”.

After enabling Remote Desktop via GPO, you can allow remote access to the device through RDP.

A free alternative to RDP: AnyViewer

Do you successfully enable Remote Desktop on Windows 7 through Group Policy and realize remote connection? If the steps above help you, that’s a great honor for us. If you are faced with some problems when RDP to a Server like Remote Desktop cannot connect to the remote computer, it’s wiser to use a free alternative to RDP-- AnyViewer.

Without locking the host PC when in a remote session or being limited on the same LAN, AnyViewer truly achieves remote assistance and connects remotely anywhere and anytime. The one that needs to be noticed is that AnyViewer doesn’t need to be enabled or disabled. In addition to supporting windows 7, it also works for Windows 11, 10, 8... Follow me to know more about it.

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Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on both two computers, find Settings on the interface on the host PC and then click on it.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Then click on “Recipient”, choose the third option “Set my security code”, type the security code you want and then click on “OK”. Return to the main interface.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client PC, input the device ID of the host PC in the Partner ID box, click on “Connect”.


Step 4. On the client PC, a pop-up window will appear, choose the 2nd option and then input the security code and click on “OK”. Then the connection is successful.

Security Code

Note: AnyViewer support “unattended access” as well, and you can resort to “Send Control Request”.


How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 7 through Group Policy? I believe the steps above must help you a lot. But if you encounter some issues when using RDP, it is strongly recommended to use AnyViewer, which may give you a big surprise.