How to configure the Remote Desktop client to connect to a specific port when you use Windows XP


This article describes how to change the port number that the Remote Desktop client connects to. You may have to do this if the remote computer has had the "listening" port for Terminal Services or Remote Desktop connections changed from the default port. The default port is 3389.

For additional information about changing the listening port for Remote Desktop, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

306759 How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop

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To change the port number that the Remote Desktop client connects to, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. In the Computer box, type the computer name or the IP address of the computer that you want to connect to, followed by a colon (:) and the port number that you want to use.

    For example, to connect to port 3390 on a computer that is named "MyXPPro," type the following information:
    To connect to port 3391 on a computer with IP address, type the following information:
  3. Click Connect.

Article ID: 304304 - Last Review: Oct 23, 2008 - Revision: 1