How to Enable Concurrent Sessions in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM

Feb 25 2011

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The script has been updated. The following now works properly:

  1. multi cmd line switch
  2. Home Premium
  3. Non-English Operating Systems, no need to change the script

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

If you've been following MissingRemote for a while, you know one of our most popular series of guides is Enabling Concurrent Remote Desktop sessions. Continuing that trend we have an updated process below working with the RTM (Official Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium and Enterprise Editions, x86 & x64 build 7601, Service Pack Build 1130.

One of the most popular articles ever at MissingRemote.com has been our guide on how to enable Concurrent Sessions for Windows Vista. For those unaware of what it is, enabling Concurrent Sessions allows you to Remote Desktop into a system that someone else is on, under a different user account, and access the system without kicking the user off. I, for example, use the feature to have MCE running on my Television, and then I remote into my main user account to access all my files without interrupting my MCE session. Special thanks to Mikinho for compiling the package below and making this all possible.

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***DISCLAIMER***

The following files and instructions are provided to you at your OWN RISK!! Understand that it is replacing important files, and as always, anything can happen. That being said, if you do have a problem, we have a fantastic community here to help you
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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS (READ CAREFULLY)

1. First, Download the file attached below (you will need to be registered and logged in.

2. Once downloaded, extract the files into a directory (for the purposes of this guide, it will be assumed that the files have been extracted to the folder C:\Win7RDP )

3. Open Windows Explorer to the above folder

4. Right Click on "install.cmd" and select "Run as Administrator"

5. Wait for the script to run entirely. At the end, you should see something similar to the below...

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 If you executed the command successfully, you should see this screen.

EXTRA ABILITIES

For 99.9% of folks, the above steps will be exactly what they are looking for. However, if you want to customize the abilities a bit, there are certain command strings you can run in addition. To do so,you will need to open a Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges(Start > Run > CMD > Right Click "Run As Administrator"). The other available options are: 

-? Show this help
help Save as -?
multi Enable multiple sessions per user
blank Enable remote log on for user accounts that are not password protected

For example, if you wanted to Enable multiple sessions per user, you would follow these steps:

1. Launch a Command Prompt with Administrator priveleges (Start > CMD > Right Click > Run as Administrator)

2. At the C:\Windows\System32 prompt type "cd\Win7RDP"

3. You should now be at the prompt C:\Win7RDP>

4. At the prompt, type: install multi

We hope you have enjoyed this guide from MissingRemote.com! If you have any questions, comments, concerns feel free to post in our forums link below.

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TY TY TY TY!

Works great on Win 7 64bit all updates

Multi and blank logon works great too

Thanks a million for this guys - greatly appreciated!!!

Worked perfectly (Home Premium x64). Thanks much

Great work, But i was wondering about shadowing the console session.  Is there support for that??

Hey, thanks for all the efforts, all your patches used to work like a charm, however a few days ago the silly Windows 7 Professional did an update on the Service Pack 1 and since then, the patch does not work. I apply it, it updates one rule, says everything is honkey-dorey but kicks out the second user... any ideas?! Thanks a bunch!

Using the patch I can RDP from an XP Pro to Win 7 Home, but I can't transfer files (I don't see any mapped drives on the remote computer.) Is this function not available, or is there a setting on the remote computer that I need to adjust?

mberger wrote:

Using the patch I can RDP from an XP Pro to Win 7 Home, but I can't transfer files (I don't see any mapped drives on the remote computer.) Is this function not available, or is there a setting on the remote computer that I need to adjust?

That's not at all how RDP works. You would need to map the drives yourself if that's what you wanted to accomplish

'Mapped drives' was maybe the wrong way of phrasing it. As I understand, once you have enabled drives on the RDP control panel on the local computer they should show on Windows Explorer on the remote computer (as //tsclient /drivename) - but I don't see anything.

mberger wrote:

'Mapped drives' was maybe the wrong way of phrasing it. As I understand, once you have enabled drives on the RDP control panel on the local computer they should show on Windows Explorer on the remote computer (as //tsclient /drivename) - but I don't see anything.

 

You are correct, that functionality is available which does essential map local drives to the remote system but w/ the "patch" it does not work in Home Premium.  It only works Pro and above.  It is possible to enable that but this patch doesn't.

mikinho wrote:

mberger wrote:

'Mapped drives' was maybe the wrong way of phrasing it. As I understand, once you have enabled drives on the RDP control panel on the local computer they should show on Windows Explorer on the remote computer (as //tsclient /drivename) - but I don't see anything.

 

You are correct, that functionality is available which does essential map local drives to the remote system but w/ the "patch" it does not work in Home Premium.  It only works Pro and above.  It is possible to enable that but this patch doesn't.

Thanks for that information - can you tell me where I can find out how to enable it? (My Win 7 Home Premium computer is build 7600, without service pack.)

Hi, I have successfully patched my Win7 Home Premium, but anyone pls help me to config Remote Desktop Login for Standard User Thanks

Thank you so much for putting this out!  Worked as expected for me, installed flawlessly for me on:

Windows 7 Professional SP1

Am now able to have concurrent users logged in at the same time. Smile

 

Note: the "checking if Service is listening on port 3389" at the end of the install took several minutes to complete; be patient.

Hello Everyone!

After installing the patch, I still can't see the remote desktop dialog box on System Propriets on my Windows 7 Home Premium. Any ideas? Thanks everyone!

 

Fábio Galliano

Applied the patch on home 7 premium SP1. Looks like it's working like a charm. many thanks !

Just wanted to say thanks! really appreciate the effort you put in so I didn't have to! Smile

Hmm, after changing the values for

fSingleSessionPerUser to 0
Setting LimitBlankPasswordUser to 0

to 0 (instead of 1) everything works like a charm. Thanks!

Trying to install on Virtual Machine, Windows7 32 Professional, downloaded all windows updates, but prompt

'Your operating system is not supported.
Only for Windows 7 Build 7601
Press any key to continue . . .'

 

How do you uninstall the old versions? It was working before I updated to SP1

 

Thanks 

Can anybody help me enable my remote desktop. I am using Windows 7 Home Basic bundled with the HP am I currently using. I have download and install Concurrent+RDP+Patcher but the says Unsupported Windows.. Kindly Help..

rporend wrote:

Can anybody help me enable my remote desktop. I am using Windows 7 Home Basic bundled with the HP am I currently using. I have download and install Concurrent+RDP+Patcher but the says Unsupported Windows.. Kindly Help..

Use the link above and follow the steps, then let us know if you still have issues

Sorry, I can't open the zip file (W7-SP1-RTM-RDP-v3a.zip) - says it isn't a valid archive (both with the built in unzip in Windows and with 7zip).

Tried fixing it with a freeware zip fixer, but then the install script doesn't work.

Please help.

Turboflat4 wrote:

Sorry, I can't open the zip file (W7-SP1-RTM-RDP-v3a.zip) - says it isn't a valid archive (both with the built in unzip in Windows and with 7zip).

Tried fixing it with a freeware zip fixer, but then the install script doesn't work.

Please help.

Can you please try the link above now?

Working on fixing.  Give us 30 minutes or so.

OK, fixed now.  

Dear Michael and Mike,

THANKS! v4 works like a charm now. Installs without a hitch and does what it should. Thanks again, you guys rock! Smile

i try install , error occurred , 193 not valid win32 apllication

Hi Mike, I have download the file and run the file as administrator and this appear "your operating system is not support. Only for windows 7 build 7601."

rporend wrote:

Hi Mike, I have download the file and run the file as administrator and this appear "your operating system is not support. Only for windows 7 build 7601."

Are you running Service Pack 1?

What I saw when check about windows is Windows 7 Home Basic Microsoft Windows Version 6.1 (Build 7600).

rporend wrote:

What I saw when check about windows is Windows 7 Home Basic Microsoft Windows Version 6.1 (Build 7600).

I highly recommend upgrading to Service Pack 1, it's free and there's really no reason not to.

However, if you REALLY don't want to, there's a version here for concurrent sessions on your 7600 build

Hi Mike, I have upgrade to SP1 and display "your operating system is not supported. only windows 7 build 7601". When I check my windows version i saw "Windows 7 Home Basic. Microsoft Windows Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1). Pls. help.

rporend wrote:

Hi Mike, I have upgrade to SP1 and display "your operating system is not supported. only windows 7 build 7601". When I check my windows version i saw "Windows 7 Home Basic. Microsoft Windows Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1). Pls. help.

From the first paragraph in the article:

working with the RTM (Official Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium and Enterprise Editions, x86 & x64 build 7601, Service Pack Build 1130

Home Basic does not appear to be supported. Home Basic doesn't normally support RDP host anyway (client only, you can't connect to Home Basic remotely) so it's not surprising that support for multiple simultaneous users can't be added to something that normally supports 0 users.

I've just tried the latest patch (W7-SP1-RTM-RDP-v4) on a brand new notebook with Win7 home premium 64bit ... and it works Smile

Any attempt to echo the installation on an samsung notebook with Win7 home premium SP1 32bit (fully updated by microsoft) failed: after right click on "install.cmd" and select "Run as Administrator" the cmd-box comes up in a flash and closes immediately.

Any idea how to succeed? Thx in advance.

p.s.: for my purpose single logon would be fully sufficing Smile

 

Your article has worthed registering.
Thank you so much.

Just installed this on win7 sp1 ultimate from ms technet and it hung on

' Checking if service is listening on port 3389'

 I just hit 'ctrl-c' and stopped it, and closed the window, and it works PERFECTLY when I

did an install multi command.

 Thanks a million for this.

 

- Cguy

I'm going nuts here. I'm trying to connect from my Mac to a Windows Home Premium machine. I'm using "Microsoft Remote Desktop connection for Mac".

I installed the patch on a new Windows Home Premium install. I can connect to the Administrator account. The Standard user account does not have a password. When I installed the patch I did a install multi blank.

When I try to connect to my Standard user It says: "Make sure that you have permission to connect to the remote computer, and that you typed the correct credentials."

How do I give these permissions?

 

Hi !

I'am new to this forum.I'am using windows 7 ultimate sp1 and was able to run and complete install.cmd

I will be pleased if you can disply detailed command line parameters to enable extra abilities Enable multiple sessions per user.I did follow the steps given by you ...

Here is wt I did

1. Launch a Command Prompt with Administrator priveleges (Start > CMD > Right Click > Run as Administrator)

2. At the C:\Windows\System32 prompt type "cd\Win7RDP"

I put Win7RDP first and then put the files extracted folder name no success.when I type cd\Win7RDP in error message comes "the system cannot find


I need exact command lines

thank you.......


Hi !

I'am new to this forum.I'am using windows 7 ultimate sp1 and was able to run and complete install.cmd

I will be pleased if you can disply detailed command line parameters to enable extra abilities Enable multiple sessions per user.I did follow the steps given by you ...

Here is wt I did

1. Launch a Command Prompt with Administrator priveleges (Start > CMD > Right Click > Run as Administrator)

2. At the C:\Windows\System32 prompt type "cd\Win7RDP"

I put Win7RDP first and then put the files extracted folder name no success.when I type cd\Win7RDP in error message comes "the system cannot find the path specified.

Even I uninstall kis 2012 which I thought cause for this but no luck
I need exact command lines

thank you.......


First. Thanks for what I hope to be a great tool to manage one of my laptops without interrupting the user.

 

Hi randika73, perhaps I can help.

What I did was I extracted the zip contents.

Copied the folder inside to the C: drive which means it now has a folder named "W7-SP1-RTM-RDP".

Browsed to that folder and right clicked install.cmd > Run as Administrator

When it finished and I pressed a key it closed

Then I did the (Start > CMD > Right Click > Run as Administrator)

Then, CD\ (Enter)

cd W7 (TAB) the TAB auto-completes the name. (Enter)

install multi (Enter)

ALL DONE

Hope that is what you needed. I think you just had the folder name wrong.

You can always do a dir (Enter) while in the root of C: to see the folders names.

 

 

Hello! I just read through 8 pages of the comments but didn't find anything like my problem and I really need some help!

I have Win7 Ultimate x 64 SP1 on a Dell Precision T7500 and I could really benefit from this patch, cause many users use this machine!!

I installed the patch(v.4) and everything went fine as the output log in the image above shows! And I can rdp on the machine with another user logged in at the same time!

But here are my problems:

1) If I am physically on the machine and log off from my acount, windows crashes! Instead of getting me back on the users screen, the monitor turns off in the energy saving mode and I have no way of bringing up windows again except hard reset!

2) When I try to rdp to the machine sometimes the client just dies at the point of securing connection, without error messages or anything! The window just disappears...

I am very frustrated by these problems because they happen randomly and I cannot find a pattern or a corelation to something.

One time though I happened to be connected with rdp to the machine while a physical user logged off. My session continued to work so the machine didnt actually crashed. It slowed down its response very much though so when I run task manager to see what happened I discovered about 11,000 processes of csrss.exe running, exhausting the pc resources and finally crashing it...

I hope someone can help me with this. Thanks in advance!

The patch worked fine for my Windows 7 system. I installed "multi" and now cannot access the console session when I try to RDP into my pc. How can I disable multi ??

 

Rayc

Hi Guys!

The script contains the following command:

ECHO Granting Administrators rights
ICACLS %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll /Grant "%USERNAME%":F
ICACLS %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll /Grant Administrators:F

In international versions of Windows Administrators are not Administrators! Here in Germany the Administrators are Administratoren. Because of this fact, the script must be changed to:

ECHO Granting Administrators rights
ICACLS %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll /Grant *S-1-5-32-544:F

This works with all versions - languages independently.

Hope that helps. Sorry for my broken englisch.

OK..I figured it out..multi is a switch..I ran the scrpt w.o multi and it turned it off. DUH!!

Thanks again for the process it works great.

Maybe I can ask how to rdp into the console session while running with multiple connections, is that possible ??

 

 

My version is English so Administrator is Administrator.. lol!

Well I think something went terribly wrong after installing some latest updates...

I unistalled every update performed in November but still I have the same problem: if I try to rdp into the machine and then logoff a physical user, windows crash. If I dont use rdp everything works great though...

I will try a repair install of windows to see if that fixes the problem.

Cheers!

I just want to say thank you. Thank you , thank you, thank you. This is the greatest thing I've seen since Internet2. Thank you. I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Now I can finally use my computer to watch movies on and be remote connected anywhere else at the same time! Awesome fix.

 

Me Too thank you. I have a further question though. I have successfully  have two users remotely logged on to the Windows 7 Pro SP1 computer; however we both would like to run the same application at the same time. Is this at all possible in Windows 7 Pro SP1?

Many thanks

 

I was so bummed to learn tonight that my brand new workstation with Windows 7 Home Premium did not include support for hosting RDC.  I was even more bummed when I learned it would cost $139.95 USD to upgrade for this one feature...which I would never do since it's not worth that much for this one feature.

I was so pleased to find this and had this running in no time.  Thanks very much to you and the community!

Hey guys
I am trying to get RDP on my XP Home premium but after install of this patch, it does not give me the options to RDP into this machine. Can someone help?
Thx RP

Perfect !

does this work on server 2008 R2 with sp1?

I did the multi command...how do I undo it?!?!? I am messing my system up bigtime by logging in as the same user twice and doing stuff.  Actually how do I totally undo this whole thing?  I went to seperate server and htpcs and never need to get into my server except from 1 RDP which is easy enough.

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