How to Install and Use Remote Desktop Manager in Windows 8, 8.1

Remote desktop manager is a wonderful free utility from Microsoft to manage multiple RDP connections. It allows system administrators to create group of servers and save login credentials for different servers to easily manage remote remote desktop connections. Currently available remote desktop manager from Microsoft has not been updated for a while and it does not support Windows 8 or 8.1 officially. There is a workaround and this guide shows you how to install Remote desktop manager in Windows 8 and 8.1.

Remote Desktop manager for Windows 8.1 and 8 can be download here. The available version 2.2 was released on year 2010 and doesn’t support latest Windows 8 versions. If you are a system or server administrator who regularly access servers via RDP, then after started using Windows 8, 8.1 OS you should not get stuck without using RDC manager.

Remote desktop connection manager requires .NET framework 2 and its not included in Windows 8 or 8.1 by default, as you are aware it comes with .NET framework 4.0.

Install Remote Desktop Manager on Windows 8.1 or 8

1) Download the package from Microsoft site here.

2) Before start the installation .NET framework 2.0 should be installed. It can be installed from Control Panel – Program and Features – Turn Windows features on or 2.0 requirment for remote desktop connection managerYour computer should be connected to internet with download access to download required files for .NET framework 3.5 (2.0 also included). If internet is not available, you must use the installation DVD (or sources folder) to complete the installation. Follow this instruction to install it online or offline.
net framework 3.5 installation

3) Once the .Net framework 2.0 is installed on Windows 8.1 computer, the remote desktop manager can be installed easily. Run the setup and complete the installation.

remote desktop manager installation in Windows 8.1If you are already familiar with RDC Manager ( Remote desktop connection manager), then the steps to configure connections, user login credentials and server group are not required mention here.

Still if you want to know how to do it, follow this step by step guide to configure remote desktop manager in Windows 8.1 or 8.

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