Uninstalling Remote Desktop

May 2, 2006 at 03:44:17
Specs: XP Pro, 2.4 ghz

I want to uninstall the existing remote desktop client on a laptop so I can install the latest version of RDT from Microsoft. It does not show up in Control Panel/ Add & Remove Programs list. I can find nothing on how to remove or uninstall it. I can't install the new version with it there. How do I uninstall it. Thanks, jeff

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May 2, 2006 at 06:00:14

Try this:
1: Look in the start menu, in the folder there might be an un-install program shortcut. If Not...
2: If there's a desktop icon, click it and click properties and then select "Find Target" look look for an installshield or wise solutions installation icon. Run it, you should be given the option to remove it, if not...
3: Go to start, Run then type regedit32 then navigate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall find the program from list. If you want try doing a full registry search for terms that relate to your program, and delete them, don't forget, backup your registry. Then do a file find and and delete any files, but do this only if you want it completely out of your system.

It's higly illogical to state a computer made the mistake for it was us human beings who programmed it.

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May 2, 2006 at 06:05:24

I don't think RD can be removed from XP Pro OS. I believe it is a core component similar to Internet Explorer. I won't dare remove it.


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May 2, 2006 at 07:58:21

As XpUser stated, RD Client is part of Windows XP (Pro and Home - only the host portion is not available in Home). If there are any updates, they would be available through Windows Update.

The client install is only necessary for other OSes that do not have the client by default. If you are dealing with an OS other than XP then just install the new client and it will install itself over the old one.

Michael J

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May 2, 2006 at 11:39:46

The default Remote Desktop client (at least with XP Pro sp2) version seems to be 5.1.2600.2180
It uses the two files mstsc.exe and mstscax.dll in C:\Windows\system32

I was able to install version 5.2.3790.0 from here; however, it installed the two files to "C:\Program Files\Remote Desktop\" instead of the system32 folder. Although XP's System File checker is supposed to prevent you from overwriting such system files, it IS possible to use technique of quickly copying and pasting the files to system32\dllcache and system32 mentioned at the very bottom of this page. (If you aren't quick enough, you can always disable system file checker....)

The only new feature I see in 5.2 is "Reconnect if connection is dropped"--but it works well with XP!

By the way, the Remote Desktop 5.2 client installer seems to be a zip-compressed exe; therefore, you can extract its contents without installing: Using 7-zip or WinZip, extract the contents of msrdpcli.exe (to a folder msrdpcli) Then extract msrdpcli.msi (to a subfolder msrdpcli) Remove the F1061_ prefix from the filenames F1061_mstsc.exe and F1061_mstscax.dll

My post has gotten long, but I'd also like to add the following: The program PeBundle can be used to merge mstscax.dll into mstsc.exe so that you only have the single file to worry about. You could copy this new version into the your Windows folder--maybe even rename it rdp.exe--and update your Start Menu shortcut located in Programs>Accessories>Communications to point to the new version. (You could also run it from the Start Menu > Run dialog by typing in rdp)

Hope this helps

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May 3, 2006 at 04:25:54

Thanks All, I have will try to look into these today. The reason I wanted to reinstall it is there is one laptop that looses it's connection and I'd like to be sure the program is not corrupted. Also the latest version is 6.0.2600.0 and it may be best to upgrade. If that does not solve the issue than I will have to look at wifi network issues with that laptop. No others on that network have the problem. Thanks again.

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May 8, 2006 at 08:49:24

Well sorry, if someone maybe told me it was window's rdc I wouldn't of made an ass of myself.

It's higly illogical to state a computer made the mistake for it was us human beings who programmed it.

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