Windows – change the port for Remote Desktop

The steps detailed through this article would involve changes to the Windows registry. Therefore, as for any changes that are performed on a system,its advisable to create a backup first. (is not always enough to follow some steps carefully).

1. Start the Registry Editor: Start > Run > type ‘regedit’ and press enter.

2. Navigate to the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > TerminalServer > WinStations > RDP-Tcp > PortNumber)

3. At this point you should be able to see the hexadecimal value of the current port (the default remote desktop port for a Windows machine is 3389, so you should see d3d in the port field, representing the hexadecimal conversion):

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4. On the Edit menu, click Modify and then click Decimal. This should change the port value to 3389.

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5. Type the new port number, click OK and quit Registry Editor.

IMPORTANT: Before going to step 6) make sure that the new port is opened through the firewall.

6. Restart the computer.

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