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How to install RDP 6.1 on Windows Server 2003

Posted by Anton Khitrenovich on March 7, 2012

Microsoft RDP client (aka “Remote Desktop Connection” or “Terminal Services Client”)  allows you to connect from your Windows station to other Windows servers. Version 6.1 was released in 2008 and nowadays many popular tools (such as mRemoteNG) state it as a requirement. Unfortunately, this version is available for Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2008, but not for Windows Server 2003.

So, how can you install RDP client 6.1 on Windows Server 2003?

It appears that in March 2011 Microsoft released security update for RDP client 6.0 and 6.1 – which can be installed on Windows Server, since the original RDP client 6.0 is supported there. Now, pay attention to this note in the “more information” section:

Bottom line? Take the official RDP client 6.0, download KB 2481109 for Windows Server 2003 (the security update mentioned above) – and you are ready to run with RDP client 6.1 on your Windows Server 2003!

11 Responses to “How to install RDP 6.1 on Windows Server 2003”

  1. TA said

    Works GREAT! Thanks for the help.

  2. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes which will make the most significant changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  3. It doesn’t work for me :(
    I get this logfile:

    0.656: Condition succeeded for section Presence.RDCInstallBlock.Section in Line 1 of PreRequisite
    0.656: FileVersion of C:\WINDOWS\system32\mstscax.dll is Greater or Equal To 6.0.6000.0
    0.656: FileVersion of C:\WINDOWS\system32\mstscax.dll is Greater Than 6.0.6001.0
    0.656: Second Condition in Test.RDCInstallBlock.Section Failed
    0.656: Condition Check for Line 2 of PreRequisite returned FALSE

  4. Steve said

    Thanks for this great tip, long live XP & Server 2003; the best OS ever created out of Redmond :)

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