RemoteApp on Windows 7

Many people know RemoteApp programs as applications that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2008 (R2). RemoteApp programs appear as if they are running seamlessly on the end user’s local computer. Not many people know that RemoteApp programs are also configurable on Windows 7. Here is how it works:

The first step is to activate RemoteApp on Windows 7 by setting the Registry key HKLM \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \Terminal Server \TSAppAllowList: fDisabledAllowList to the value 1.

The next step is to create a key for each RemoteApp program: HKLM \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \Terminal Server \TSAppAllowList \Applications \<Appname>. Add a string named “Name” and the value “<Appname>”. Add a string named “Path” and the value “C:\Windows\System32\Appname.exe”.

RemoteApp Registry

The last step is to create an RDP file on the client side. The RDP file must include the following entries:

  • full address:s:<VM-Adresse>
  • disableremoteappcapscheck:i:1
  • alternate shell:s:rdpinit.exe
  • shell working directory:s:
  • remoteapplicationprogram:s:||<Appname>
  • gatewayhostname:s:
  • remoteapplicationname:s:Appname.exe
  • remoteapplicationcmdline:s:


RemoteApp RDP File

That’s all ;-)

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