Getting the New Windows 8 Remote Desktop client on your Windows 7 system


The Remote Desktop Client Connection Software that comes with Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 features a new menu called the Remote Commands menu. This menu allows you to send special commands, such as a start menu, accessing the Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Charms, switching apps, snapping apps and application specific app commands.

If you are in a windowed remote desktop session you can access the remote commands by selecting the remote desktop icon and then choosing remote commands Image If you are running remote desktop full screen click the down arrow on the connection bar to display the remote commands. ImageIf you can’t wait for Microsoft to publish a version of the new Remote Desktop client for windows 7, then all is not lost. There is a way for Admins still running windows 7 desktops to get the new version on their systems. You have to copy four files from a Windows 8 x64 or Server 2012 system to your windows 7 x64 system.  If using windows 7 x86 then copy the files from a windows 8 x86 system

  • mstsc.exe  (in c:\windows\system32)
  • mstscax.dll  (in c:\windows\system32)
  • mstsc.exe.mui  (in c:\windows\system32\en-US)
  • mstscax.dll.mui  (in c:\windows\system32\en-US)

Instead of overwriting the existing files on your windows 7 system (in case you ever want to revert back to the old version) create a new folder called Remote Desktop 8 anywhere on your system.  I put my folder on my desktop. Now copy mstsc.exe and mstscax.dll to that folder. Inside that folder create another folder called en-US and put the other two files into that. If you’re running a version that is not English then you will need to put the two mui files in the folder that corresponds to your language version.

Running mstsc.exe will now launch the new RDP client with the new remote commands on your Windows 7 system.

Or if you prefer you can download my installers that will automate the process for you.  Available for Windows 7 or Server 2008  in x86 and x64 versions.  English Only

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The official Microsoft version has now been released. Check here for links and info or instead of downloading each file from the above link and running them individually get my MS Windows 8 RDP all-in-one combo updater package that automates the process into one installer.

14 Responses to Getting the New Windows 8 Remote Desktop client on your Windows 7 system

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  2. Kanaida says:

    Tried it, didn’t work. ‘The system cannot find the file specified’ C:\Users\User\Documents\Win8 RDP Client\mstsc.exe.MUI
    I have a folder called en-US and en-GB with the same MUI files inside, same error.

    Any ideas?

    • gandalf50 says:

      You need to also put mstscax.dll in the same folder as mstsc.exe

  3. peter says:

    HI.
    works great, but do you have any idea why a TS Gateway connection isn’t supported?
    Thanks

    • gandalf50 says:

      Thanks for pointing that out. I don’t use the TS Gateway tab normally so I hadn’t noticed that it was greyed out. I may be missing some dependencies to allow the gateway. Will check into it.
      The official Microsoft version has been released. Check my blog here http://wp.me/p1MPho-a8

  4. John says:

    We use the gateway also. Thank you

    • gandalf50 says:

      The official Microsoft version has been released. Check my blog here http://wp.me/p1MPho-a8

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  6. jwarns13 says:

    did you ever find a solution to the tsgateway button being greyed out issue?

    • gandalf50 says:

      I would just upgrade to the new rdp package for windows 7
      get my combo updater here http://wp.me/p1MPho-an or for the manual install Check my blog here http://wp.me/p1MPho-a8

  7. Arlene says:

    I need remote access on my new windows 8 into my company computer when I put the address in it comes back saying I’m not connected. Do I need to do something on the company server?

    • gandalf50 says:

      This is not possible easily. Remote desktop is intended to be used on the same network. Speak to your help desk at work about either setting up VPN (or citrix if they use it) on your home PC.

  8. Mayur says:

    Getting path:-……./Desktop/Remote Desktop 8//msrsc.exe.mui file not found

    • gandalf50 says:

      link is working for me

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