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Do windows XP support multiple concurrent remote desktop sessions?

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Please clarify what you mean by "multiple remote login", as there are several ways to read that. – John Gardeniers Aug 11 '10 at 9:07
I updated my answer – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Jan 29 '11 at 13:13
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Do you mean 'multiple remote RDP sessions'? Nope. But some kind of 'hack' exists. It allows multiple RDP connections to XP box like Windows server terminal services, but cause violation of licence and so on...

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Yes RDP only. Thanks for clarification. – Thangaraj Aug 11 '10 at 11:40

No - if you require a machine which can handle multiple remote RDP connections you need to purchase a server Operating System combined with Terminal services with the correct ammount of licenses for users. Any attempt to hack/slash your Windows XP machine is not recomended for obvious reasons, not to mention as Sergey said you will have violated your License agreement with Microsoft.

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Topic starter did not write anything on RDP sessions – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Aug 11 '10 at 9:42
The topic starter did not write a proper question either. It is my interpritation of what was asked. – JamesK Aug 11 '10 at 9:48
@vgv8: Are there other "remote login sessions", besides RDP, built into Windows XP? – jscott Aug 11 '10 at 10:38
@vgv8 As for as I know only RDP is remote login session. I really do not know what other "remote login sessions" are available. I have no idea about remote sessions, My query is only regarding remote logins not remote sessions. If you want I can edit my question if you are not clear. – Thangaraj Aug 11 '10 at 11:43
Licensing is not a completely different question. The XP license permits 1 concurrent user. This is the reason why Microsoft limits logins to one at a time (The beta, I believe, allowed 1 RDP session along with 1 console session. This was removed for licensing reasons). It doesn't matter what the OS can do if there is no way to do it that doesn't violate licenses. This is a site for professionals so any answer that involves breaking licenses is not appropriate. – Jason Berg Aug 13 '10 at 5:11

Yes, why not.


BTW, What do you mean under "remote login sessions" - opening remote desktop session? interactive logins?

When someone maps a drive latter for remote network shared resource and accesses it remotely, it also opens remote session per each user



I answered correctly as as far as the question was formulated and further clarified by the questioner.

It is not guessing game. There is absolutely no point in answering something what had never been formulated or asked



Come on! I need just one more vote to hit negative maximum amongst answers


Update3 (Answers to answers and comments):

net sessions

shows on my Windows XP Pro SP3 (without any cracking, editing registry) 58 inbound remote sessions from 8 computers (ip-addresses) and just one utorrent shows more than 964 connections.

There is well-known 10-connections limit for Windows XP. Take your time to read the basics before teaching others.



This is just ridiculous:

  • 1) instead of downvoting the questioner who did not bother to formulate the question neither in quality noк шт quantity, the answere who write more lengthy answer is multiply downvoted
  • 2) I am developer and I am "living" in "multiple remote login sessions" on Windows XP Pro. First, I even do not know which remote connections are made without establishing remote logon session.

Even if to speak about interactive remote logins, should it be understood that applications like VNC Server/Viewer, TeamViewer, etc., or even MS SQL Server Developer, etc, or built-in MS IIS5, Server Service are illegal to run in Windows XP Pro?

Note: at the time of all answers the original question did not mention any RDP



For convenience of downvoting I shifted this discussion to Which Windows remote connections bypass LSA? and what r definitions of login vs. logon session?

Please come to downvote there also!

--------- Update6

@whatever-downvoted-my-answer, be it bot or human,

May I ask why my questions were downvoted? Uncommented / unexplained, i.e. unreasonable, downvotes disservice and discredit the community of

My related question:
MS licensing of multiple RDP sessions for non-MS products in Windows XP Pro, citing Terminal Server Pro, allowing Windows Windows® XP to host multiple remote desktop sessions

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In a case like this you should add a comment requesting clarification or further information. – John Gardeniers Aug 11 '10 at 10:33
no one as far as I can see said anything about the Windows XP connection limit. just because the computer can accept many inbound sessions does not mean it can accept more than one RDP connection. – JamesK Aug 11 '10 at 12:43
Originally the starting post did not have any RDP mentioned – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Aug 11 '10 at 12:59
VNC does not open another Windows XP session, it connects you to an existing session which has been established. - For what it's worth I havent down voted you :) – JamesK Aug 13 '10 at 7:57
BTW, don't you confuse VNC viewer with VNC server in Windows XP Pro? – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Aug 13 '10 at 8:20

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