Remote Desktop Connection has been one of the most popular tools for accessing remote systems over the years. However, many users have complained about lag issues while using it. A variety of factors can cause this, but we are here to help you fix them! In this guide, we will go over some tips and tricks that should help reduce or eliminate the lag you experience while using Remote Desktop Connection. Let’s get started!
Why does a remote desktop connection always lag?
One of the main reasons for Remote Desktop Connection lag is the use of an incompatible or outdated version of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). RDP is the protocol that is used by Remote Desktop Connection to communicate with other systems. If you are using an old version of RDP, it may not be able to properly communicate with newer versions of Windows, which can lead to lag. To fix this, you will need to ensure that you are using the latest version of Remote Desktop Protocol.
Another common reason for the lag in Remote Desktop Connection is network latency. This simply means that the time it takes for data to travel from your system to the remote system and back again is too long, which can lead to a delay in the Remote Desktop Connection. To fix this, you will need to make sure that your network connection is as fast and reliable as possible.
Finally, another potential cause of remote desktop connection lag is graphics rendering issues. This can happen if the remote system does not have the proper graphics drivers installed, or if there are other issues with how Remote Desktop Connection renders the graphics on the screen. To fix this, you will need to make sure that the remote system has the latest graphics drivers installed and that Remote Desktop Connection is configured to use the proper graphics settings.
Fix Remote Desktop Connection lag issues by following these steps.
- On the host computer, click on the Start search bar.
- Search for “gpedit” in the search bar.
- Open “Edit Group Policy“
- Browse to: “Local Computer Policy (Computer Configuration)“
- Select “Administrative Templates“
- Select “Windows Components“
- Choose “Remote Desktop Services.“
- Click on “Remote Desktop Session Host.“
- Click on “Remote Session Environment.”
- Right-click on “Use the hardware default graphics adapter for all Remote Desktop Services sessions.”
- Select “Edit.”
- Make sure you select “Enabled” and hit “Apply.”
- Follow the same process and enable “Configure H.264/AVC hardware encoding for Remote Desktop Connections”.
- If your work doesn’t require 32-bit color depth, change the RDP color depth to 24-bit (in RDP display settings before you connect) in the remote desktop connection settings.
- Restart the RDP connection.
- This should fix the lag issue on Remote Desktop Connection.
Let us know in the comments if this works or if you have any tips from your end to improve this.