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Windows: ClearType on RDP

📅 2010-Jan-27 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

ClearType is not turned on by default over Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Thus, if you connect to a computer using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) you will notice aliased fonts, quite ugly in my opinion without ClearType enabled.


If you are connecting to a Vista or Windows 7 computer, enable Experience → Font smoothing in the RDC dialog.

If you are connecting to a Windows XP computer, a bit more work is needed. Apply the following Registry entries on that computer:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp]

Or just place these lines in a file named CleartypeOnRDP.reg file and execute it.