By Ellie / Last Updated March 18, 2022

Can I view Remote Desktop connection history on Windows 10?

“I want to know who (IP address) and when have logged into my computer via Remote Desktop. Is there any way to achieve this? Thanks!”

How to view connection history of Remote Desktop on Windows 10

The answer is Yes! Here in this part, we provide you with two methods to view connection history of Remote Desktop on Windows 10.

Method 1. Check the RDP connection history via Event Viewer

Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box, then type in “eventvwr.msc” and press OK to open Event Viewer.

Run Event Viewer

Step 2. Navigate here: Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager > Operational. Right-click Operational and choose Filter Current Log.

Event Viewer Event ID Filter

Step 3. The EventID of Remote Desktop Services is 1149. Then enter 1149 to filter the log.

Event 1149

Step 4. Then you will get an event list with the history of all RDP connections to this server.

Event Viewer Log History

Step 5. Click one of them, then you can see the details of the RDP connection, including IP address, computer name, login time, etc.

Details of the RDP Connection

Method 2. Check the RDP connection history via Registry

Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box, then type in “regedit” and press OK to open Registry.

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigate here: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Terminal Server Client > Default. Then you can see the RDP connections you’ve made here.

Default RDP History

How to clear connection history of Remote Desktop on Windows 10

If you want to clear RDP connection histories, here we provide you with two options as well.

Option 1. Clear the RDP cache from the Registry

Step 1. After you’ve seen the RDP connection history follow Method 2 in the last section,  right-click it and then choose Delete.

Delete Default User

Step 2. On the left pane, find and expand the Servers key, this contains the details of all the RDP connections that have ever been made from this machine. Choose the user (or users) you want to delete, then right-click UsernameHint to delete it.

Delete Servers

Step 3. Finally, delete the default.rdp file found in your home path. This is a hidden file and will not show or delete by default. Press WIN + R and then type in “cmd” to open the Command Prompt.

Run Box CMD

Step 4. Then enter the following delete command:

del /ah %homepath%\documents\default.rdp

Delete Default RDP File

Option 2. Clear RDP cache via CMD

Open Command Prompt, enter the following commands and press enter one by one. Here we take the first command as an example. You only need to enter the next command once the former operation has been completed successfully.

  • reg delete “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default” /va /f
  • reg delete “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Servers” /f
  • reg add “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Servers” del /ah %homepath%\documents\default.rdp

    Delete File CMD

AnyViewer: Check out connection histories easily

If you want to check out remote connection histories easily, we suggest you use AnyViewer, a free and easy third-party remote desktop software. Check out the following steps to see how easy to get started with it, check out its connection histories, and delete connection histories.

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 Step 1. Download, install, launch AnyViewer on both computers.

Connect

Step 2. 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 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.

Free Editions

Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click Remote control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

Note: If you want to assign more devices to achieve unattended remote access, then you can upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan. Also, you can connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer.

Pro Edition

Step 6. Go to the Device tab, then you can see all your connection history here.

Currently Connected

Step 7. If you want to delete the connection history, you can right-click the device and choose Remove device.

Remove Device

Conclusion

This post mainly introduces two methods to view connection history of Remote Desktop on Windows 10. Besides, two options to clear remote connection histories are also included. But if you would like to try remote desktop software that is easy to check out connection histories, you can use AnyViewer.