Learn how to change the default listening port for Remote Desktop.
Warning: Editing the registry can harm your computer if not done properly. Use this guide at your own risk. Create a system restore point to back everything up to be safe.
Note: Changing the listening port of Remote Desktop will probably stop Remote Assistance from working.
Change Remote Desktop’s Default Listening Port
- Open the registry editor by typing Regedit in the Start Menu’s search box, right-click regedit in the search results and then select Run as administrator.
- Using the arrows to the left of each folder in the left pane of the registry editor navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, System, CurrentControlSet, Control, TerminalServer, WinStations, and then select the RDP-Tcp folder.
- Double-click the PortNumber value in the right pane of the registry editor.
- Change Base to Decimal and type the new port number in the Value Data box.
- Click OK to save the changes.
- Restart your computer.
Note: If you have a firewall you might need to open the new port so that Remote Desktop works.
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