In the latest update of Windows 11 version 23H2, users have gained the ability to uninstall the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) feature. This customization option caters to users who prefer other third-party remote access tools and those who are concerned about potential security vulnerabilities inherent in remote access features.
Remote Desktop Connection is a feature in Windows that allows you to access and control another PC from your own device. You can use it to work on files, run programs, or troubleshoot problems on the remote PC. To use Remote Desktop Connection, you need to enable it on the PC you want to connect to and then use an app or a web browser to connect from your device.
Uninstallation Process Simplified
Users seeking to remove the RDC can do so through the Settings App, where the feature is listed under the Installed Apps section. A more advanced alternative involves the use of Command Prompt with administrative privileges, where a specific command enables the uninstallation. Both methods ultimately require a restart of the computer to finalize the changes.
Reinstallation Available When Needed
The removal of Windows 11's Remote Desktop Connection feature is not permanent, as reinstallation is an option for users through Microsoft's official download page. Users can select the installer that corresponds with their system's architecture, whether it's a 64-bit, 32-bit, or ARM64 version. The process includes downloading and running the installer, followed by simple on-screen instructions to reintegrate the RDC into their system.
This development comes in response to a growing trend of individuals and businesses opting for third-party remote desktop applications, such as Teamviewer or AnyDesk, and the ongoing concern for security risks associated with remote access services. By enabling the uninstallation of RDC, users who do not require the built-in remote desktop functionality can reduce their system's exposure to potential vulnerabilities.
How to Uninstall Remote Desktop Connection Using the Settings App
- Open Settings by pressing Win+I.
- Go to Apps > Installed Apps.
- Type Remote in the search box.
- Click on the three-dot icon next to Remote and choose Uninstall.
How to Uninstall Remote Desktop Connection Using Command Prompt
- Press the Win key and type Cmd.
- Right-click on the top result and choose Run as administrator.
- Enter this command and press Enter: mstsc /uninstall /noPromptBeforeRestart