Being an IT admin, There is always a need to remote into desktops when users are in trouble or when you need to setup something on the users desktops after office hours & you cannot visit the Office during that time.
Usually an IT admin will have at least 2 ways of remoting into computers. But this guide for those new admins who only has one way to remote into a desktop & that option is not working.
This guide assumes that your desktop is online & default windows firewall policy are set on your domain which do not block Remote Registry & such.
Begin by connecting to a working desktop / server as an administrator.
- Right Click on Start & select Run (for windows 2012 R2) or Windows Key + R (on keyboard)
- Type in regedit ( Make sure to click on Yes for UAC access)
- From the File menu click on Connect to Network Registry
- Enter the name of the computer & click on Ok.
- Once connected Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\fDenyTSConnections
- The value is set to 1 by default i.e. Remote desktop is disabled. Edit the value & set it to 0 to enable it.
- Restart the computer either by using the Shutdown /i command or Restart-Computer PowerShell command.
- Upon reboot you can connect to the computer
Here's the Trick if you cannot connect to remote registry
- By Default Remote Registry service is stopped & disabled. To enable this start Computer Management on any server / desktop you are trying to connect from.
- Right Click on "Computer Management (Local)" and click on Connect to another computer...
- Enter the name of the computer and click on OK, You can also Browser if you don't know the full name of the computer
- Once connected navigate to Services & Applications > Services.
- Find Remote Registry from the list of servers, Right click on it Select Properties.
- Now you should be able to access the registry from any remote computer within the network.