Ctrl+Alt+Insert Remote Desktop keyboard shortcut doesn't work in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Symptoms

On a computer that's running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, you specify the Ctrl+Alt+Insert keyboard shortcut to access Remote Desktop Services instead of the previous Ctrl+Alt+Delete shortcut. Or, you use an application (such as VMWare) that has applied this keyboard shortcut replacement. However, you discover that the Ctrl+Alt+Insert keyboard shortcut does not trigger Remote Desktop access on the computer. 

Cause

This issue occurs because a new feature in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 already uses the Ctrl+Alt+Insert keyboard shortcut.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, install update 2919355. For more information about how to obtain update 2919355, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2919355 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates


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Article ID: 2930340 - Last Review: Apr 8, 2014 - Revision: 1

Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

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