Fixed: Initiating Remote Connection Takes a Long Time

This tutorial mainly guides users on how to make Remote Desktop faster when initiating remote connection takes a long time. Specifically, two methods are introduced here. One is to change network setting, and another is to change .rdp file.


By Ellie / Updated on October 26, 2022

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Initiating remote connection takes a long time

“When making the remote connection from my Windows 10 computer to my Windows 7 computer, Remote Desktop initiating remote connection always takes a very long time, normally a 20-30 second delay before the connection is established. Does anyone know how to make Remote Desktop faster on Windows 10?”

Initial Remote Desktop Slow

How to fix initiating remote connection takes a long time

No matter whether you want to  remotely access another computer over the Internet or not, you can use Remote Desktop. But sometimes, you may encounter Remote Desktop slow problems as we mentioned above. In this part, we introduce two ways to help you out when initiating remote connection takes a long time. 

Method 1. Change network setting

 Step 1. Click Start and then click Settings. Find Network & Internet and then click it. 

Network and Internet

Step 2. On the Network & Internet interface, find Advanced network settings, click Change adapter options below.

Change Adapter Options

Step 3. Right-click your network and then click Properties.

Network Properties

Step 4. Click Configure.

Configure Network Properties

Step 5. Switch to the Advanced tab. Click the Large Send Offload Version 2 (IPv4) and change the value to Disabled.

Disable Large Send Offload

Method 2. Edit the .rdp file

Enablecredsspsupport, this setting determines whether RDP will use the Credential Security Support Provider (CredSSP) for authentication if it is available. To configure RDP to not use CredSSP will fix this problem.

 Step 1. Open Remote Desktop Connection. On the General tab, find Connection settings and click Save As.

Save as RDP File

Step 2. Enter the file name you want for the file and then click Save. For example, I save it as “remote-desktop-home” here. And please remember the file location.

RDP File Name

Step 3. Find the file you just saved and right-click it. Then open it with Notepad.

Open with Notepad

Step 4. Add “enablecredsspsupport:i:0” into the file and then save the file.

Enable Credential Support.png

AnyViewer: Free & fast Remote Desktop alternative

AnyViewer is the free and fast third-party remote desktop software for Windows and iOS devices. It is the best Remote Desktop alternative. Compared with RDP, AnyViewer has obvious advantages.

  • Remote Desktop can’t be used to connect toWindows 7 Starter Edition/Home Edition, Windows 8/8.1Home Edition, orWindows 10 Home Edition, while AnyViewer supports any devices running iOS 10.0 or later and multiple Windows versions on PCs.
  • Remote Desktop requires an IP address, computer name, and computer password to achieve remote connection, while AnyViewer can achieve remote connection as long as you have the device ID.
  • Remote Desktop requires the two devices to be under the same network, while AnyViewer can achieve a remote connection over the Internet.

Next, let’s see how to use AnyViewer.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on bothcomputers.


Step 2. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can login directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to theaccount you've logged in to.

Free Editions

Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click One-click control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

If you upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan, then you’ll have more rights:
You can connect to other computers with higher image quality.
You can assign more devices to achieve unattended remote access.
More currently connected devices will be displayed, which is convenient for you to view more connection histories at any time.
You can connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer, further protecting your privacy.


This post mainly introduces two methods to fix initiating remote connection takes a long time problem. If you want a fast remote connection, you can also use AnyViewer, the free remote desktop software. Its advantages over Remote Desktop have been briefly summarized in this post.