I want to save a Remote Desktop file, but after saved I want it maintain the parameters I provided unmodified.

Is it possible?

Thank you very much


  • Can you state the purpose? Is this just for your use, or are you intending to distribute a config .RDP file to users? – blaughw Jan 13 '15 at 17:29
  • I think this is a reasonable request. Having a .rdp file in the "All Users" desktop location is a viable way to deploy a link to a Terminal Server for instance. – TheFiddlerWins Jan 13 '15 at 19:39
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    We make the whole All Users profile read-only to non-admins. Another approach is to create a read-only folder (NTFS permissions)(I frequently create C:\Custom for various tweaks, but you could use Program Files), put the RDP file there, and create shortcuts to it. The shortcuts can go into user-editable locations and the underlying RDP file will be unmodifiable. – Celery Man Jan 13 '15 at 21:38

An .RDP file is merely a text file with parameters. It is normally easy to edit either with a text editor, or via the RDP client: mstsc.exe.

You could use file permissions to make it read-only.

If you're using robust Remote Desktop infrastructure (Connection Broker, RDWeb), you can essentially obscure the .RDP files by using start menu links (RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Control Panel integration in Windows 7+)

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