Remote Desktop : Connecting to a WinXP machine ?

Roger Haxton rhaxton at
Thu Mar 16 03:16:47 UTC 2006

On Wednesday March 15 2006 20:14, Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-03-15 at 20:54 -0500, Mark Johanson wrote:
> > When remote connecting to a XP system the account you are
> > connecting to must have a password set up on it.
> Ah thanks ! :-)
> I added a password to my account, now I can connect to it  ! :o)
> It works well except for one strange show stopper...
> 1) First, I log into my XP account
> 2) In Ubuntu I open an RDP session
> 3) I can see the Windows desktop and control it.
> 4) however as soon as the seesion is started, windows logs me out !!!
> 5) I log back again in windows
> 6) When I have done that, now it's the Ubuntu remote desktop session
> that exists/closes all of a sudden !

It doesn't log you out, it locks the screen.  That is the normal and expected 
behaviour.  Remote desktop isn't designed for you to take control of the 
other user's session and let them watch you.  It is a form of terminal 
services that allows you to connect to your own machine remotely.  Remote 
assistance is Microsoft's protocol to allow you both to be able to watch the 
session.  However, there is no linux client that I'm aware of. (granted, I've 
never looked.)  For what it sounds like you're wanting VNC is your best bet.
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