How to Get Video to Play Smoothly with Remote Desktop

By Bennett Gavrish

When you connect to another PC computer over the Internet using the Remote Desktop protocol, you may find that videos and other media content produce a very choppy or distorted display. In Windows 7, the updated Remote Desktop Connection utility includes advanced settings that allow you to improve video quality in Remote Desktop sessions.

Things You'll Need

  • PC running Windows 7

Step 1

Open the "Start" menu and expand the "All Programs" list.

Step 2

Open the "Accessories" folder and click on "Remote Desktop Connection."

Step 3

Click on the arrow next to "Options" to reveal the "Advanced Options" menu.

Step 4

Go to the "Display" tab.

Step 5

Open the drop-down menu under the "Colors" heading and select the "Highest Quality (32 bit)" setting.

Step 6

Go to the "Experience" tab.

Step 7

Choose the "High-speed broadband" or "LAN" setting from the "Connection speed" menu.

Step 8

Check the boxes next to "Font smoothing," "Menu and window animation" and "Visual styles."

Step 9

Press the "Connect" button to initiate a new Remote Desktop session with the updated settings.