Two Ways to Fix RDP Port Not Listening

This post mainly introduces two tested ways to help uses fix RDP port not listening on Windows 10 problem.


By Ellie / Updated on November 24, 2022

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RDP port not listening on Windows 10

“My RDP isn’t working now! I’ve allowed remote connections from others. I double-checked is set at 3389. The Windows firewall has been turned off. I’ve looked everywhere but haven’t found anything. Nothing is listening on 3389 according to netstat -a. I am unable to RDP into other computers from a remote machine as a result of this. Do you have any suggestions? How can I make this right?”

How to fix RDP port not listening on Windows 10?

RDP port not listening on Windows 10 problem makes users unable to remotely control another PC. To help users troubleshoot the annoying problem, here we sort out two effective ways.

Solution 1. Edit Registry value

Step 1. Press WIN + R and then type in “regedit” to open the Registry Editor.

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigate here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Terminal Server > WinStations > RDP-Tcp. On the right pane, find and click PortNmuber.

RDP-TCP Port Number

Step 3. Make sure PortNmuber is set to 3389 on a Decimal base as the Value data. Then close the Registry Editor and reboot the computer to make changes effective.

Port Number Value

Solution 2. Add the reg file using CMD

To figure out this problem, a user compared two computers with the same Windows version, one of which was a work machine and the other was a non-work machine. He figures out that in the services.msc of the non-work machine was missing Remote Desktop Services. Therefore, the problem might be solved by fix by exporting the TermService registry key from the work machine to the non-work machine.

Step 1. On the work machine, open the Registry Editor. Then navigate here: Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > TermService. Right-click TermService and then choose Export.

Export Term Service

Step 2. Enter “termser.reg” as the file name and save it somewhere on the work computer.

Termser File

Step 3. Copy and put the termser.reg somewhere on the non-work machine. Open the Command Prompt then enter a command below to add the reg file to the non-work machine. After this, restart the computer.

Regedit Termser File

Note: If users want to check whether the RDP port is listening or not, they can try to open PowerShell, type “qwinsta” and then press Enter key. If the results of this command include RDP-TCP having status Listen, then this confirms the RDP port is listening, else not.

A simpler alternative to RDP: AnyViewer

If the RDP port not listening on Windows 10 problem still can’t be solved after trying the above solutions, then you can choose another free third-party remote access software, AnyViewer. It supports UDP port 30196 and TCP ports 30192/30193. It can easily connect to remote computers without any special firewall configuration. In most cases, as long as you can access the Internet, AnyViewer can be used normally.

Next, learn how to remotely access another computer with AnyViewer.

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  Part 1. For unattended remote access with one-click

Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.

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Step 4. 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

✍ Notes: Free edition of AnyViewer allows you to remotely control two computers simultaneously. If you want to control more computers simultaneously, you can upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan. Then you'll have the following rights: 
Assign more devices to achieve unattended remote access to more devices.
Connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer.
Faster file transfer speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.

Part 2. Two connection methods of AnyViewer

If you're trying to remotely control untrusted computers, for example, the computers of your clients or your colleagues, you can send a control request to them to remotely control their computers. But we should note that some functions like file transfer are exclusive to users with an AnyViewer account.

Connection method 1. Send a control request

Step 1. On the client computer, 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 Allow to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Connection method 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. Choose Input security code and enter the code. Click OK to achieve remote access.

Security Code