Let’s learn how to remove RDP connection entries from the Remote Desktop Connection Computer box. Remote Desktop Connection client is an important feature of Windows frequently used by IT Pro to control PC or servers. When you use the Remote Desktop Connection to connect to another computer using an IP address or computer name, the name of the computer or IP address is added to the Remote Desktop Connection Computer box. That makes it easier for you to quickly select the same computer at a later time. However, It doesn’t provide a way to clear the list of computers or remove one or more entries from the Computer box drop-down menu.
Lets follow the steps to remove computer entries from the Remote Desktop Connection Computer box in the Windows Remote Desktop Connection client using Registry.
Remove Computer Entries from RDP Connections using Registry
- In Windows 10 device, Click Start, type Regedit. Then, select Registry Editor.
Important – We recommend you create a backup before editing the registry.
- Navigate to following registry path –
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default
The list of all RDP connections including last 10 connections are appear as MRU0-MRU9(Most Recently Used) value in the right pane.
- To one or more entries, Right click on MRU or select all parameters with the names of MRU0-MRU9, Right click and select Delete. Click on Yes to confirm selected value deletion.
Every new connection is given the value of MRU0, and the other values are then sequentially moved down in number. The MRU value can contain a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or an IP address of the computer to which you connect.
- Navigate to Servers key in the right pane of following registry path –
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Servers
It contains the list of all RDP connections details along with UsernameHint, CertHash value that used to secure the RDP connections with trusted SSL Certificate. This username will be used to connect to the RDP host automatically.
- To delete an entry, Right click on the subkey name appears with IP address of the computer or computer name that you want to remove, select Delete. Click on Yes to confirm selected key deletion.
- Once you completed the step, you can close the Registry Editor.
- Next, you can verify and delete Default.rdp, presents in the user’s Documents folder.
Default.rdp is stored for each user as a hidden file in the user's Documents folder (C:\Users\User Name\documents)
To confirm open the Remote Desktop Connection, the removed computer will no longer be appear in the Computer box drop down menu.
- How to remove entries from the Remote Desktop Connection Computer box
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