Increase Remote Desktop Performance in Microsoft Windows 7

Something About Remote Desktop Connection Performance

Microsoft Windows 7 allows administrators to establish Remote Desktop connections to the remote computers using Remote Desktop Connection client application that is integrated in the operating system itself. In order to use Remote Desktop Connection client to establish Remote Desktop connection to the remote computer, the user must have administrative credentials of the remote computer, which he must provide while initiating the connection. By default, when administrators initiate and establish Remote Desktop connection, resource intensive features such as desktop wallpaper of the remote computer, etc. are not displayed. The reason why Microsoft configured this as a default setting is that it assumes that the Remote Desktop connection is likely to be established using low speed Internet connection, such as 256 Kbps or similar broadband connection. However, in real-world, in almost every case Remote Desktop connection is used in a local area network and therefore administrators can configure Remote Desktop Connection client to assume the actual connection medium, which in most cases is 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps.

Things to Remember While Configuring Remote Desktop Connection Client

Before administrators configure Remote Desktop Connection client application for better performance, they must ensure that the media through which the two computers are connected is in its proper state, the bandwidth supported by the LAN cable is actually the same that administrators know. For example, if administrators think that the LAN cable is CAT 5 or CAT 5e, they must be sure that the cable is of that specification. Administrators must also ensure that both the computers have supported NICs in order to avoid bottlenecks.

After verifying the hardware, administrators must also verify and ensure about the software specifications and the proper configurations on both the computers. This means that administrators must be sure that proper IP addresses have been assigned to both the computers, and the computers belong to the common subnet. Administrators must also ensure that remote desktop connection feature has been enabled on the computer to which they wish to establish Remote Desktop connection.

Specifying Connection Media Type in Remote Desktop Connection to Increase Performance

Once all the above mentioned specifications and configurations are done, administrators must follow the steps given below in order to configure their Windows 7 computer to establish Remote Desktop connection in an efficient way:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. Click Start, and at the bottom of the menu, in search box, type MSTSC command and hit Enter key.
  3. On the opened Remote Desktop Connection box, click Options button at the bottom left corner.
  4. On the expanded console, go to Experience tab, and from the drop-down list under Performance section, click to select LAN (10 Mbps or higher).

    Remote Desktop Connection Performance

  5. Assuming that the IP address of the remote computer has already been provided in Remote  Desktop Connection client application, click Connect button to establish remote desktop connection to the remote computer.
  6. The changed environment of the remote computer’s console can be experienced by doing so.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.