Microsoft Mstsc

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Reference article for the mstsc command, which creates connections to Remote Desktop Session Host servers or other remote computers, edits an existing Remote Desktop Connection (.rdp) configuration file, and migrates legacy connection files that were created with Client Connection Manager to new.rdp connection files. Table of Contents Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP) for Mac is a useful way to work with Windows apps and resources. Even though you’re operating macOS, you can still access PC-style desktops from your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Mini. You can use RDP for Mac on any computer using macOS 10.10 or newer. RDCMan is a client that is widely used to manage multiple remote desktop connections because it's a convenient option. However, RDCMan has not kept pace with the level of advanced technology that we're pursuing. Instead, we have two great supported client options: Remote Desktop Connection and Universal Client for Windows 10. MSTSC (RDP) crashes shortly after launch Shortly after launching a remote app on a single computer (other machines work just fine) the program crashes. It shows that it is connected to the server then does not show the app and crashes.

You can access Windows Virtual Desktop resources on devices with Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Windows 7 using the Windows Desktop client.

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This does not support Window 8 or Windows 8.1.

This only supports Azure Resource Manager objects, to support objects without Azure Resource Manager, see Connect with Windows Desktop (classic) client.

This does not support the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (RADC) client or the Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC) client.

Install the Windows Desktop client

Download the client based on your Windows version:

During installation to determine access, select either:

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  • Install just for you
  • Install for all users of this machine (requires admin rights)

To launch the client after installation, use the Start menu and search for Remote Desktop.

Subscribe to a Workspace


To subscribe to a Workspace, choose to either:

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  • Use a work or school account and have the client discover the resources available for you
  • Use the specific URL of the resource

To launch the resource once subscribed, go to the Connection Center and double-click the resource.


To launch a resource from the Start menu, you can find the folder with the Workspace name or enter the resource name in the search bar.

Use a user account

  1. Select Subscribe from the main page.
  2. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

The resources grouped by workspace will appear in the Connection Center.



The Windows client automatically defaults to Windows Virtual Desktop (classic).

However, if the client detects additional Azure Resource Manager resources, it adds them automatically or notifies the user that they're available.

Use a specific URL

  1. Select Subscribe with URL from the main page.

  2. Enter either the Workspace URL or an email address:

    • For Workspace URL, use the URL provided by your admin.
    Available ResourcesURL
    Windows Virtual Desktop (classic)
    Windows Virtual Desktop
    Windows Virtual Desktop (US Gov)
    • For Email, use your email address.

    The client will find the URL associated with your email, provided your admin has enabled email discovery.

  3. Select Next.

  4. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

The resources grouped by workspace will appear in the Connection Center.


Next steps

To learn more about how to use the client, check out Get started with the Windows Desktop client.

If you're an admin interested in learning more about the client's features, check out Windows Desktop client for admins.