By Vivian / Last Updated December 1, 2021

Can’t find Terminal Services in Group Policy Editor

“I have a Windows 7 and a Windows 10 machine and Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services are missing on both. I have tried to delete the C:\Windows\System32\Group Policy\Adm folder but it doesn't help. How do I get them back? Is there an ADM I can load?”

2 solutions for Terminal Services missing from Group Policy Editor

Terminal Services, one of the components of Microsoft Windows, allows a user to remotely access applications and data. If Terminal Services is missing, the RDP won’t work. How to solve the issue?

Workaround: Find Remote Desktop Services in Windows 7 and higher versions

Some users didn’t realize that in Windows 7 or higher Windows versions like Windows 10 or Windows 11, the feature set previously called Terminal Services was renamed to Remote Desktop Services. So, firstly check is there a policy named Remote Desktop Services. If there are neither terminal services nor Remote Desktop Services, follow me to fix the issue. 

Solution 1. Add/Remove an item from Group Policy

Step 1. Press Win + R and then enter “gpedit.msc” to open Group Policy Editor.

Run Box Gpedit.msc

Step 2. Locate Administrative Templates and right-click on it, choose Add/Remove Templates...

Add/ Remove Templates

Step 3. Remove an item, like conf and close.


Step 4. The templates rearrange and expand. Right-click Administrative Templates and add back the item “conf” you removed. Then Terminal Services or RDS may be on your list.

Solution 2. Run SFC /ScanNow

Step 1. Search CMD in the search box and then choose “Run as administrator”.

Run As Administrator

Step 2. Type SFC/scannow and press Enter key.

SFC Scan

Step 3. Reboot your PC and check if your issue has been fixed or not.

Note: sfc/scan command can check and fix corrupted system files.

AnyViewer: An easy way to realize remote control

As we mentioned before, we can’t use RDP successfully if the Terminal Services are missing. So, restoring Terminal Services is necessary. After trying the above solutions, if the issue still persists or the solutions are complicated for you, it’s wiser to try an easier way to realize remote control, such as AnyViewer, a remote access software.

AnyViewer truly realizes the fast remote connection, flexible methods to connect, and easy operation when remotely controlling a PC. You can use it with multiple Windows versions like 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. Follow me to know more about AnyViewer.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on both 2 computers, open and then find Settings, the device ID, and so on.

Temporary Code

Step 2. On the host computer, click on Settings, tick the 3rd option, “Set my security code”, and then type the security code, click on OK and return to the main interface.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer, choose “Connect”.


Step 4. On the client PC, choose the second option “Input my security code”, and then type the security code, click on “OK”.

Security Code

Step 5. Now the connection is established successfully.

Note: AnyViewer is also workable for attended access; for more information, you can see “Send a control request”.


What should we do if Terminal Services missing from the group policy editor? I believe you must know the concrete solution to fix the issue, like sfc scanning, adding or removing an item, or merging registry key. But if you are still pursuing a better solution so that you won’t be troubled, AnyViewer can be a good choice.