By Ellie / Last Updated February 14, 2022

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 you want to remotely access another computer on the same network or over the Internet, 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. One is to change the network setting, and another is to change .rdp file.

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.

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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 to Windows 7 Starter Edition/Home Edition, Windows 8/8.1 Home Edition, Windows 10 Home Edition, while AnyViewer supports any devices running iOS 10.0 or later and multiple Windows versions on PCs.
  • Remote Desktop requires 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 remote connection over the Internet.

Next, let’s see how to use AnyViewer.

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 Methods 1. Send a control request

Step 1. Download, install, and open AnyViewer on the devices. Input the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect.


Step 2. Click Send a control request to your partner.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. On the host computer, click the green button to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Methods 2. Input security code

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect.


Step 3. Choose Input security code and click OK (the controller can input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the recipient).

Security Code


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.