RDP Wrapper Library
#1
Today I've got my LattePanda out of a box covered with dust from the basement and turned it into a PMS (Plex Media Server) for on the fly transcoding while streaming something to devices that do not support certain video and audio codecs. The LattePanda comes in various versions and mine was the 4 GB RAM & 64 GB storage version without a Windows license as I had my own key. These come preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition.

Windows 10 Home Edition is a bit of a basic version of Windows. It lacks features and is more restricted. One very important feature that it lacks is RDP access to the machine from other computers. Remote help is available but this is different from the normal RDP access you might know from your computer or servers. Remote help requires the user on the machine to allow the other user to connect and also needs allow the control of the machine. So far I've been using the TightVNC server to access it remotely but VNC in general is not so well. It is slow and not even encrypted, doesn't support a lot of stuff that RDP natively supports on Windows. So on and so on...

I did some research and found a nice library that installs the necessary files and hooks to enable RDP on Windows 10 Home Editions. So you can use your RDP Connection tool to connect to the LattePanda natively over RDP.

URL: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap
Download: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/releases


I just thought why not share it here. There are so many devices out there with Windows 10 Home that could be used as servers and etc. A pitty that Microsoft didn't enable RDP in this Windows edition. Now with this software you can get it back however.
#2
thanks a lot Monad ! I have been using termsvc.dll patcher for so long !! I have that saved on my special items folder. I did not know there existed such a nifty more functional and open software package out there. Thanks a lot for sharing !!
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#3
Agreed. The share is awesome, and not only in this thread. Totally blown away with all of the useful info, thanks @Monad. What I particularly found interesting in this thread is the limitation of Windows 10 Home Edition - which of course is the Edition that most users have. Does it mean that one would be able to connect remotely with another version of Windows 10?
#4
Windows 10 Home Edition is one of the most basic and most restricted Windows 10 versions. Only S variants of Windows 10 versions are more restricted (these can only run Windows Store Apps and that's about it). The Home version is also probably the cheapest (along with S variants) to buy and so many OEMs ship devices with Windows 10 Home Edition. A lot of SBCs like the LattePanda but also compute sticks (like this one) all come with Windows 10 Home Edition.

You can see a comparison of features here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compare

Windows 10 Pro is probably the next normal version one should be using. I would avoid Windows 10 Home if I could.


As I mentioned before Windows 10 Home Edition lacks support for turning your computer into a Remote Desktop to access it from other computers. So you cannot connect to your machine with Windows 10 Home Edition with the Windows RDP tool or similar tools to control it remotely. What Microsoft didn't disable is the Windows Remote Assistance. This is a feature that is generally meant for providing support to clients. It works like RDP but a) the end user has to authorize connection of the support staff and b) the end user also has to allow the support staff to control their machine or otherwise the support staff will only be in "view only" mode.

With this RDP Wrapper Library you're getting back full Remote Desktop functionallity onto your Windows 10 Home Edition machine to access it remotely from anywhere you want (if you'd do portforwarding even from the Internet). All of this without hacking or modifying the Windows files. In contrast to the normal Windows Remote Desktop this library even allows multiple sessions. A normal Window Remote Desktop session allows only one connection with one user.
#5
(2018-03-26, 8:28:58 pm)Monad Wrote:  
With this RDP Wrapper Library you're getting back full Remote Desktop functionallity onto your Windows 10 Home Edition machine to access it remotely from anywhere you want (if you'd do portforwarding even from the Internet). All of this without hacking or modifying the Windows files. In contrast to the normal Windows Remote Desktop this library even allows multiple sessions. A normal Window Remote Desktop session allows only one connection with one user.

Thanks for the detailed response @Monad.  I checked and Windows Pro does have a Remote Desktop capability, but as you mentioned it only allows one connection with one user.  So RDP Wrapper is an awesome way to increase the functionality of Windows, whether Home or Pro version.




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