By Ellie / Last Updated November 23, 2022

Can I use Remote Desktop without locking host?

"Hi all, this question may sound a bit silly, please forgive me. I would like to know if it is possible to connect to windows 10 via Remote Desktop Connection without locking the remote computer screen. Is there any way to do it? Thanks."

Remote Desktop, the Windows built-in feature, can help us remotely control a PC from another PC. However, in the course of the remote session, the host computer is locked. It makes sense because the consumer licenses of Windows allow no more than one active session at a time when you RDP to a server, so the Remote Desktop won't show screen on host.

2 top ways to use RDP without locking host 

Here in this post, we'll show you 2 ways for you to prevent Remote Desktop from locking. Follow me to know how to operate.

Way 1. Run command line in CMD

Step 1. Enable the Remote Desktop of the host PC. Press "Win + R" to open "Settings", and then navigate to "System" > "Remote Desktop" > "Enable Remote Desktop". Turn on the button.  


Step 2. On the local PC, search Remote Desktop Connection, and then Enter the IP address and click on "Connect". And then input the credentials. Now the connection is been established.

Step 3. On the host PC, search "CMD" and then right-click on the option and then choose  "Run as Administrator".

Run as Administrator

Step 4. Input "tscon 1 /dest:consolefrom a remote session.

Windows Locking Host

Note: If the host PC is Windows Server, you can run the command line: tscon %sessionname% /dest:console

Server Without Locking

Step 4. Now the remote session can be achieved without locking the host.

Way 2. Use Powershell

Step 1. Follow the steps above to realize Remote Desktop Connection.

Step 2.  Search Powershell in the search box and then right-click on the option, and then choose "Run as Administrator".

Run Powershell from Search

Step 3. Enter the following command line on the host PC:

$server = 'MyServer' $username = $env:USERNAME $session = ((quser /server:$server | ? { $_ -match $username }) -split ' +')[2] tscon $session /dest:console

Powershell Locking Host

 Step 4. Now the Remote Desktop show screen on host.

A useful way to remote access without locking host: AnyViewer

Are you successfully use Remote Desktop without locking host? Hope the workarounds above have already helped you realize it.  But according to the feedback of many users, they just get the error “access is denied”, which seems less reliable.

As a matter of fact, there are multiple other options for remote access to a Windows system, like AnyViewer, a totally free remote access software whether for personal use or commercial use.

 With AnyViewer, the local PC and remote PC are both running and unlocked. For the one in front of the host PC, he or she can see what’s happening on their own PC.
 Secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption and not limited by the same LAN, you don't need to worry about the leakage of your data and realize remote sessions anywhere. 
More importantly, the amazing speed, the easy operation, and the full functionality can bring you the best experience.
 It’s applicable for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2, enabling you to remote into PCs or Servers, anywhere and anytime over the internet.

Before you connect:

  • Download and install AnyViewer.
  • Make sure your network is accessible.
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Realize remote access with one-click

Step 1. Sign up for an AnyViewer account and then sign in to this account on the two computers. Once logged in, the PC will be assigned to the account automatically. 

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2.   On the client computer,  go to "Device", click the PC that you need to control, and click "One-click control" to achieve remote connection with one click. 


Step 3. Now the remote control is successfully established. And the host PC won't be locked. If you want the host PC be visible, you can also click on "Lock".

Get Remote access by access code 

Way 1. Input security code

Step 1. On the host computer, open AnyViewer, find Settings on the interface and then click on it.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Then click on “Recipient”, choose the third option “Set my security code”, type in the security code and then click on “OK”. Return to the main interface.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client PC, input the device ID of the host PC in the Partner ID box, click on “Connect”.


Step 4. On the client PC, a pop-up window will appear, choose the second option and then input the security code. Click on “OK”. 

Security Code

Step 5. Now the connection is been established. And the host PC won't be locked.

Way 2. Send a control request

Step 1. On the client PC, input the device ID of the remote PC, and then click on “Connect”.


Step 2. On the client PC, for the pop-up option, choose the first one “Send a control request to your partner”, and then click on “OK”.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. On the host PC, click on "Allow" to receive the request control, then you can enjoy the remote session without locking the host.

Request to Control Your Device

PS: After the successful connection, the mouse click and keyboard of the client PC can be disabled by clicking on the red button in the chat window to end the remote session.

End Remote Session

Note: AnyViewer also provides Client version for iOS.  Click on it to have a try.


Here in this post, we provide 2 ways for you to use Remote Desktop without locking host. However, if the ways aren't workable for you or you meet with some RDP errors, AnyViewer can be a good choice for you.