By Ellie / Last Updated August 26, 2021

Why is RDP microphone redirection not working?

RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) has been really helpful for people who work at home. With RDP, people can access transfer important files on their office computer or provide remote support for their clients. RDP also enables users to have remote meetings with their colleagues. But sometimes, problems such as remote desktop no sound may happen. This problem probably is caused by RDP microphone redirection not working.

Feedback from users includes that they are able to connect to a Windows 10 Pro Creators update host using RDP, and they can see the “Remote Sound” icon in the tray and it shows when audio is playing with the volume bar, however, the hosts sound is not transmitted to the RDP session.

So what causes the RDP microphone redirection not working windows 10 issue? Here in this post, the top four possible causes are listed. It may be because of Remote Desktop Connection settings. If Remote audio playback is set to “Do not play” or Remote audio recording is set to “Do not record”, then RDP microphone redirection may not work correctly. It may also be caused by improper Group Policy setting, Registry setting, and Services setting.

How to solve RDP microphone redirection not working issue?

The four possible causes of RDP microphone redirection not working issue has been discussed above. Here in this part, solutions to this issue will be given to help you troubleshoot it. You could follow the solutions listed below to check the settings on both the Client and the Server.

Solution 1. Verify Remote Desktop Connection settings

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Click the Local Resources tab, and then click Settings under Remote Audio.

Local Resources

Step 4. For Remote audio playback, select Play on this computer (for remote audio to play on local machine). For Remote audio recording, select Record from this computer (for local mic to be used on remote machine. Then click OK.

Remote Audio Playback Recording


Solution 2. Check Registry setting

Step 1. Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box and then type in “regedit” and hit OK to open Registry Editor.

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigate here: Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Terminal Server > WinStations > RDP-Tcp


Step 3. On the right pane, click on fDisableAudioCapture to change its value data. In Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, this value data is set to 1 by default. Therefore, Audio Recording Redirection is not available. You need to set the value to 0. Then click on OK.

Disable Audio Capture

Audio Value Data

Solution 3. Check Group Policy setting

Step 1. Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in “gpedit.msc” and press OK. This will open up the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Local Group Policy Editor Window

Step 2. Navigate here: Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Device and Resource Redirection

Device and Resource Redirection

Step 3. On the right pane, double click Allow audio recording redirection and set it to Enable. Then click OK.

Allow Audio Recording Redirection

Solution 4. Check Services setting

Step 1. Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in “services.msc” and hit OK.


Step 2. In the Services window, double click Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector to check its status.

Remote Desktop Services Usermode Port Redirector

Step 3. Change the Startup type to Automatic.

Redirector Startup Type

The most convenient free RDP alternative

Sometimes you may encounter a lot of problems like RDP microphone redirection not working when remotely connect to another computer. You may want to have an easy-to-operate remote control software. You are recommended to download an alternative, AnyViewer. It can easily connect to remote computers without changing various settings on your computer.  As long as you can access the Internet, AnyViewer can be used normally. Follow the steps below to establish a remote connection right away.

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Step 1. Install and fire up AnyViewer on your computer (the client computer) and the computer that you want to control (the host computer).

Temporary Code

Step 2. On the host computer, navigate here: Setting > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set your own security code in the box.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client computer, enter the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect. Choose to Send a remote control request to your partner in the pop-up window.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 4. Then the host computer will receive a pop-up request to control it. People on the other side can either allow the request or deny it.

Request to Control Your Device

Step 5.  If you know the security code of the host computer. Click Input security code. The code you input could either be a permanent security code that others set before (in step 2) or an automatically-generated temporary security code.

Security Code