Tips & Tricks

You can improve the performance of Remote Desktop sessions, particularly on slow connections, by disabling a number of superfluous graphical features. To choose the settings you would like to use, launch the tool by clicking ‘Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communications > Remote Desktop Session’.

Click the ‘Options’ button to expand the dialog and move to the ‘Display’ tab. Here you can choose the resolution and colour depth that remote sessions should run at – choose lower settings if things are running slowly for you.

Moving to the ‘Experience’ tab, you can use the drop-down menu to choose what type of connection you’re using, and Windows XP selects the best settings for you. Alternatively, simply clear the tick box next to any of the graphical features you feel you can live without to create your own custom remote desktop profile.

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