3 Proven Ways to Repair Remote Desktop Client

Prajwal Desai
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Repair Microsoft Remote Desktop

In this article, we will demonstrate two methods to repair remote desktop client. If the remote desktop client crashes or reports an error code on your PC, the best option is to repair it.

The Remote Desktop client repair operation repairs the errors in the most recent installation by fixing missing and corrupt files, shortcuts, and registry entries.

According to Microsoft, the Remote Desktop client allows you to connect to Remote Desktop Services from Windows Server and remote PCs, as well as use and control desktops and apps made available to you by your administrator. You can also connect to Azure Virtual Desktop with the Remote Desktop client for Windows.

Note that Microsoft is no longer updating the Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Windows with new features, and support for Azure Virtual Desktop will be removed in the future. For the best Azure Virtual Desktop experience that includes the latest features and updates, it is recommended that you download and install the Windows Desktop client.

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There are two ways to download and install the remote desktop client on your PC. You can get the Remote Desktop client installer from the web or download the Remote Desktop app from the Microsoft Store. When you encounter problems with the RD client, no matter which method you used to install it, you can repair it.

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Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features

The first method involves repairing the remote desktop client via Programs and Features. On your Windows PC, go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features. Locate the Remote Desktop Client program and select Repair.

When you click on Repair, a Windows Installer window appears that requires the RemoteDesktop.msi installer. Without this installer, you will not be able to proceed with the repair option.

Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features
Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features

You’ll need to download the latest version of the Remote Desktop client installer and rename the file to RemoteDesktop.msi. That’s because the Windows installer looks specifically for that file name to repair the application.

Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features
Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features

On the Windows installer window, click on Browse and select the RemoteDesktop.msi installer, and the repair operation begins now. It takes just a few seconds to repair the remote desktop client. This should resolve all the issues with your remote desktop client.

Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features
Repair Remote Desktop Client via Programs and Features

Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings

If you downloaded the Remote Desktop app from the Microsoft Store, you can repair it via the Windows App Settings. On your Windows 11/10 PC, go to Settings > Apps > Installed Apps. In the search box, type “Remote Desktop” to locate the app. Click on three horizontal dots, and from the drop-down menu, select Advanced Options.

Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings
Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings

On the Remote Desktop Advanced Options window, scroll down and locate the Repair option. To repair the remote desktop app, click on Repair. You also have the option to reset the app, which will delete the app’s data.

Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings
Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings

The remote desktop app has been successfully repaired, as indicated by the presence of a tick next to the Repair button.

Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings
Repair Remote Desktop App via Settings

Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer

You can use the Remote Desktop installer (MSI Installer) to repair the RD client installation. You must download the latest version of Remote Desktop Client Installer and use it to repair the application.

To repair the remote desktop client, run the remote desktop setup (remotedesktop.msi). On the Change, repair, or remove installation screen, select the Repair option.

Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer
Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer

On the Ready to Repair Remote Desktop window, select Repair.

Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer
Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer

The remote desktop client repair operation begins and resolves the issues with the application. Click Finish to close the Remote Desktop setup wizard.

Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer
Repair Remote Desktop Client using the Installer

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Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.
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