How to Enable Remote Desktop Web Connections in Windows XP Professional

   Posted August 16, 2004 by Jimmy Selix in Windows networking

This tech-recipe explains how to install and enable the Remote Desktop Web Connection add-in. With a remote desktop web connection, you can access your PC from any PC that has Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. This is useful for those of us with pocket PCs or PDAs or for those who want to access their PCs from a coffeeshop (i.e., macs).

Windows XP Professional
Always on/high-speed internet connection

The first thing we need to do is install the Remote Desktop Web Connection add-in (if it is not already installed).

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.

Then, click the Add/Remove Windows Components tab. On the Windows Components Wizard, click the Internet Information Services option, and then click Details.

A new window will pop up. Go to the World Wide Web Services option, click it, and then click Details.

On this new window, click the Remote Desktop Web Connection. Windows will automatically select the other required components to run this. Click OK on all of the windows, and then click Next on the Windows Components Wizard.

Let it finish installing.

Make sure to open up the Remote Desktop Web Connection port (if you use a firewall) and also be sure that, in Windows XP, your user is allowed remote connections. (Right-click My Computer > Properties > Remote > Remote Desktop : Allow Users to connect remotely to this computer.) Also, make sure your user has a password associated with his/her login name.

To access your PC via a browser, type in your home PC’s IP address, and add /tsweb.
For example: http://222.22.334.2/tsweb

You should be able to access your PC from any PC using IE5 or higher and no remote desktop client will be required.


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  • Liam

    Good article – Thanks

  • Anonymous

    PCMD – Make sure the user has local admin rights. I have come across the same problem as you before and that was the cause for it.

    I remember showing a staff of mine this, he thought it was some sort of hack!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks sir for sharing this basic info, welldone

  • Enabling them is one thing…actually making a connection is another. For all of those who are as frustrated as me with the feeble MS offering, I would suggest going thrid party. Proxy Networks makes a quality remote desktop software product, and they have a free demo that I guarantee will work, which is something I am sure not even MS would claim for their native offering.

  • Anonymous

    Hi can we enable rdp remotely if we r able to ping the ip address of the pc.

  • Narenshankar

    If i do this i get the error like this “You are not authorized to view this page”.

  • Imstan

    ¬†Yes, that is what happened to me too… Not authorized… well, heck I bought this computer… I’m the only one that uses… who else would be authorized???

  • Aliasgar Babat

    Thanks for the above article. One can use Microsoft RDC default built in tool in XP in order to remotely connect to computers on same LAN. For computers on different networks, one can consider deploying on premise remote support appliance such as RHUB or Bomgar appliances.