Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) uses RDP to transmit data. RDP is a multichannel protocol that allows a user to connect to a computer remotely.

Following are RDP-related requirements and considerations for different Windows operating systems and features.

For Windows XP and Windows XP Embedded systems, you should use Microsoft RDC 6.x.

Windows Vista comes with RDC 6.x installed, though RDC 7 is recommended.

Windows 7 comes with RDC 7 installed. Windows 7 SP1 comes with RDC 7.1 installed.

You must have RDC 6.0 or later to use multiple monitors.

For Windows XP desktop virtual machines, you must install the RDP patches listed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles 323497 and 884020. If you do not install the RDP patches, a Windows Sockets failed error message might appear on the client.

The View Agent installer configures the local firewall rule for inbound RDP connections to match the current RDP port of the host operating system, which is typically 3389. If you change the RDP port number, you must change the associated firewall rules.

You can download RDC versions from the Microsoft Web site.

Client hardware requirements include the following:

x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed.

ARM processor with NEON (preferred) or WMMX2 extensions, with a 600MHz or higher processor speed.

128MB RAM.