By Vivian / Last Updated November 19, 2021

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 this? Thanks.

The answer is negative!

Sorry, I have to say the answer is negative. There’s no way to prevent Remote Desktop from locking. In short, this is how Remote Desktop works. It is said that we can use some workarounds to realize Remote Desktop without locking the host computer on Win 7 or lower versions, but according to the feedback of many users, they just get the error “access is denied”, which seems less reliable.

Remote Desktop, the Windows built-in feature, can help us remote 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, which can be called a shortcoming of RDP.

A way to remote access without locking host: AnyViewer

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 for personal 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. There’s no need to look for an IP address or to worry about whether the remote connection is in the same LAN.

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, anytime over the internet. There are 2 ways to connect remotely for attended access and unattended access. Follow me to know more about it.

Before you connect:

  • Download and install AnyViewer.
  • Make sure your network is accessible.
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Method 1. Set 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 3rd option “Set my security code”, type in the security code you want 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 2nd option and then input the security code and click on “OK”. Then the connection is established and the host computer won’t be locked.

Security Code

Method 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 the hook icon to receive the request control, then the connection is established without locking 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


It seems impossible to use Remote Desktop without locking host, but with AnyViewer, you can connect remotely without locking host. It makes up for the shortcomings and gives you a better experience. Why not have a shot?