Switching Terminal Services on and off

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Switching Terminal Services on and off

To disable Terminal Services connections temporarily (for example, to install an application on a terminal server), go to the Remote tab in System Properties and clear the Allow users to connect remotely to your computer checkbox. (This checkbox is cleared by default when you install any of the Windows ServerĀ 2003 family operating systems.) When you disable remote connections, Terminal Services remains active on the computer, but no new remote connections are accepted.

If Terminal Server is installed on your computer, you can also uninstall it by using Add or Remove programs. When you do so, the computer is returned to its default state, Remote Desktop for Administration.


  • Many older applications were not designed for multiple users and need to be modified before they will run properly on a terminal server. If you decide to uninstall Terminal Server using Add or Remove programs, the applications you installed and configured to run on a terminal server might not run the next time you install Terminal Server. You must configure or install the application again. For this reason, you should not use Add or Remove programs to temporarily disable Terminal Server.