By Ellie / Last Updated November 18, 2021

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 has 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, press WIN + R and then type in “regedit” to 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 that 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 RDP port is listening, else not.

An 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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Methods 1. Send a control request

Step 1. Download and open AnyViewer on both 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 a security code and click OK (the controller can input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the recipient).

Security Code