Instructions to automatically start remote desktop on start-up

Article ID: 24799324

Issue / Question

How to automatically start up remote desktop?

Issue Details

The steps below will show how to save an RDP (Remote Desktop) connection and then automatically initiate this connection upon start-up of Windows.

NOTE: There is no supported way to save credentials.  Credentials will need to be provided every time you establish a connection.  This is a security limitation imposed by Microsoft.

Applicable To

VC70 (Win CE 7)

Resolution / Answer

  1. Navigate to the "Application" directory on device (double click "My Device" on desktop)
  2. If it does not exist, create a folder within "Application" named "StartUp"
    1. Files in this directory will automatically be run after booting of OS.
  3. Open Remote Desktop
  4. Click "Options" button
  5. Enter name of remote computer in "Computer" field
    1. You may want to verify correct computer name (i.e. test the connection) before next step of saving RDP file
  6. Click "Save As..." button
  7. Navigate to "\Application\StartUp" folder
  8. Save your RDP file in this directory
  9. Reboot device
  10. Post-bootup, your RDP file should automatically run
    1. NOTE: There is no supported way to save RDP credentials.  Credentials will need to be provided every time you establish a connection.  This is a security limitation imposed by Microsoft.