Use Windows Vista Aero through Remote Desktop Connection

By Lowell Heddings on January 21st, 2007

Everybody knows by now about the Windows Vista Aero Glass user interface, but what everybody does not know is that you can use this over a Remote Desktop connection if you’ve got the right settings enabled on the client and the server.

To make this work, you’ll have to make sure that you meet the prerequisite conditions.

  • Both systems have to be running Windows Vista
  • The system you are running Remote Desktop client on must already have Aero enabled.
  • The remote system must have at least 512mb of RAM, and be an Enterprise or Ultimate version of Vista.

If you meet these conditions, you should be able to use the Aero interface through the remote desktop connection. I don’t have a screenshot right at this moment, but I’ll try and get one soon.

The one question I can’t answer quite yet is if you can use Aero on a client machine to a machine that can’t run Aero because of video card requirements. If you know if this is possible, let me know in the comments.

This will theoretically work when connecting to a Windows Longhorn server as well, although I have not tested it out.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/21/07
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