Using netstat to resolve RDP issues

If RDP is not working even after you performed the three required steps (See further below the three required steps)
Try this:
Open a command prompt and type:
netstat -an |find “3389”

where “|” is the pipe redirector key *

The result should be this:

If you get a blank line or something else, your Terminal Services service might be disabled or set to manual and needs to be set to automatic and started
Go to
Control Panel
Administrative Tasks
Open “Services”
Scrow down to “Terminal Services”
Right click on it and select “Properties”
Click on the drop down arrows next to Startup type and change it to “Automatic”
Click “OK”
Right click the Terminal Services again and this time select “Start”
Your RDP should work now. You are done!

Three steps to enable RDP:
1. Make sure listening port is set to default port 3389 or change to another value you prefer:
Start Registry Editor.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
On the Edit menu, click Modify, and then click Decimal.
Type the new port number, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.
2. Enable Remote Desktop Connection:
Right click on My computer
Click on Properties
Click on the Remote Desktop Tab
Under Remote Desktop section click the check box: “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”
Click OK
3. Make sure your firewall (if you have one) allows for traffic on port 3389 or the port you chose for the listening port

good info here:

Extra Tip on netstat:
If you just type on a command prompt:

netstat -an
It will list the all the TCP and UDP ports and their respective status. Port 3389 should be listed there as well

* NOTE: (The “|” is the pipe redirector key located above the “Enter” key and shares the same key as the back slash “\”)


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