Remote Desktop Software for Windows Mobile 6

After some googling, it appears that Windows Mobile 6 does indeed include a Remote Desktop client. However, some manufaturers choose not to install this software onto their phones by default. Worse, there’s (seemingly) no way for the end user to install it. For example, I have a T-Mobile Wing with WM6, and I couldn’t find the remote desktop software on the phone. It appears that T-Mobile opted not to install it. Not cool.

So, after yet more googling, I found a .CAB file of an unofficial Remote Desktop client for WM6. I’ve tested it out and it seems to work great…I remote-controlled both a Vista & XP machine on my home network using my Wing.

To install, download this Windows Mobile 6 Remote Desktop client, unzip it somewhere, and then copy the WM6RDP.cab file to your phone (using ActiveSync in XP, or WM Device Center in Vista). Next, on your phone, simply click the ‘WM6RDP.cab’ file to install it. It will then appear in the ‘Start -> Programs’ menu as ‘WM6 Remote Desktop.’

More information on this download is available here.

Update 7/22/08: A couple updates on this. First, if you’re having trouble getting the keyboard to work with this RDP client, make sure that you installed the WM6RDP.cab file to your device’s main memory and not to the storage card! More info on that here.

Second, some people have asked me if there is a newer version available and—to my knowledge—there is no update available.

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  • Peter

    Can anyone tell me if this file works with WM 6.5 Professional? I just switched over from an HTC Ozone (WM 6.1) which had RD Mobile to a Samsun Omnia II (i920) which has 6.5, but no RDP app. Thanks…Peter

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Kiyohime,

    You could try a site like http://www.whatismyip.com/ to tell you your PC’s external IP address. I think you can leave domain blank in this scenario, also.

  • Kiyohime

    Hello andrew, I was wondering the same thing as jason: “Is there a way to get the remote desktop to work over the cellphone network and not just a wireless access point?” I have the HTC HD2 and I believe I know how to use it over the network but i have no idea what to enter for ‘Computer’ and ‘Domain’ when doing it over my cell network. When connecting using my wifi i just leave the domain part blank. Where do i find my pc’s ip address or whatever in order to do this?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Luke, wondering if antivirus or firewall software could be interfering?

  • http://none Luke

    Ok, i have been researching through TONS of forums and using trial and error from all of the information. i am in need of help. i have a Sprint HTC Mogul (6800), i have the Remote Desktop software installed… to my device, not the storage card. i have a Netgear router, with the Port 3389 forwarded (i think i did it correctly). i input my PC’s IP address (according to whatismyip.com), i am using my correct Login info for Windows XP user account. no Domain. i start my 36 connection First before attempting to connect to Remote Desktop. Gives me error messages every time. “ip address may not exist” … “possible network connection problems”. i am at a total loss. about to completely give up. this is my last ditch effort. someone… please…. help. and i work a lot, so if someone, ANYONE could respond to my cry for aid thru e-mail, i would be forever grateful!
    Luke.jagermeister@gmail.com

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @john,

    What happens when you try to install?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Justin,

    Have you tried connecting from another machine besides the mobile device to connect? Does the error still occur? Just trying to narrow it down.

  • Justin

    I need help, I have a windows mobile symbol handheld using rdc to connect to a windows 7 machine and I keep getting this error
    the remote session was ended because the idle timeout limit was reached

  • john

    hi,
    please help me.
    i have downloaded wm6rdp.cab to my X1 but i can’t install it.

  • http://www.swimmingpoolcost.org/ Steven

    Hey guys, I was searching the web today and came up on a few corporate websites that I was able to get in quite easily. I’m awesome! So I went in and found a bunch of Google Wave invites for their employees just sitting there. I gave away 13 of these to all my friends already and there are a few left. I don’t want to get in trouble by listing the steps up here, if you want one, shoot me an email to stevencruisest@gmail.com. BTW, it’s not that easy to do this, I’ll have to talk you through it. But I can only do a few, so when you get one then you need to go on and help others in getting another. Spread the goods around.

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Hi Kiran,

    I’m really sorry but it has been a while since I have used my Windows Mobile phone. I switched to an iPhone about a year ago and am really rusty on my Windows Mobile skills.

    Maybe someone else could give Kiran a hand if they see this comment?

  • kiran

    Hi andrew,

    i am new to this rdc. i have installed the cab file in my phone memory, and i don know how to use the same ca u guide me with step by step process for setting up the connection between my phone and my comp using GPRS

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Jane,

    You’re welcome! :)

  • http://delicious.com/janehershe Jane Hershe

    I was so frustrated beacuse I couldn`t resolve this issue. Then I found your site in google and problem is solved. Thanks!

  • http://123pow.info Samuel

    So If I want to bookmark your blog do I have to set-up an account for Yahoo Buzz?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Hey Chad,

    My only suggestion is to try re-installing the app. Unfortunately (er, fortunately depending how you look at it), I have ditched the T-Mobile wing in favor of the iPhone, so I haven’t had much experience lately with the Windows Mobile world.

    Sorry I can’t be more help to you in this!

  • Chad

    The app is installed on the main memory

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Chad–I dimly remember (from the dark recesses of my mind) that there were keyboard issues if the app was installed on the microSD card, instead of to the device’s main memory. Can you verify where the app is installed?

    Just a thought.

  • Chad

    Hi,
    I have remote desktop installed on my samsung ace with no connection problems at all. Problem is when I try to type anything on the keyboard…nothing happens. As soon as I hit a letter a box appears at the bottom of the screen (on phone not on application) and gives suggested words but nothing happens. Any ideas?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Adel, I can’t really see that picture; it’s too blurry. Could you please try another?

  • Adel

    hi
    I have a problem I installed it on my plam treo 700wx but it wouldn’t let me insert any thing to be able to connect and no buttons like connect or exit o or something. take a look http://funnygang.googlepages.com/WebCam_20090531_1330.bmp

  • Joshua Buttler

    Lol dude! My bro just gave me a wing and I was googling RDP and your site came up! lol who knew? Laters (and thx)

  • http://www.medickerosin.cn/ Buona

    Thanks for making this available!

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Abie,

    No, I’ve scoured the Internet too, but the one posted here is the only one I can find. If you do come across another one, I’d be happy to host/link to it from here. Thanks! :)

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @David,

    Sorry for the delayed response. Don’t extract any files on your PC…just upload the CAB file exactly as it is to your phone. CAB files are actually installers in the Windows Mobile universe.

  • Abie

    Andrew, I came accross your website while searching for an update for WM6RDP. It’s not possible for me to have an over-view of the entire remote desktop from my Samsung i900 Omnia, and zoom in and out as desired (like the Opera browser). Also, the Samsung i900 Omnia doesn’t have many of the important keys like ALT, ESC, etc. Have you come accross an update or another free program that supports zooming and all keyboard buttons? Let me know when you do – I will inform you if/when I do.

  • David

    12. Andrew Block Says:

    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:44 pm
    You’ll need to copy it to your phone first. Do you have ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center? (in Vista) If either Active Sync/WMDC is running, and your phone is connected via USB, you should simply be able to see your phone in “My Computer.” Copy the CAB file to the phone through Windows Explorer.

    Then on the phone, use the File Explorer to browse to the CAB file. Simply “click” it once with your stylus to install it, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Does that help?

    Andrew,
    I have download the “CAB file.” I’ve installed it in several places on my phone. I cannot get it to pull up. The zip CAB file you posted is a folder with 7 files in it. Do I copy the whole folder into my phone or just the “setup” file? I copied the whold folder & opened it in my phone, then click on the “setup” file. It appears to extract some files, but then stops. Any ideas? Or am I doing something wrong?

    Thank you for your time…

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Jason,

    Do you mean that you’re trying to control another computer remotely over the Internet? (vs. over a local network)

    If that’s what you mean, I think it’s just a matter of specifying the domain/IP address of the machine you’re connecting to. Or did I misunderstand your question?

  • Jason

    Is there a way to get the remote desktop to work over the cellphone network and not just a wireless access point? I have an HTC Diamond.

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Laslo & yazan,

    You’re welcome…I am glad it worked for both of you. :)

  • yazan zureikat

    It worked perfect in HTC Diamond …. Thank you

  • Laslo

    Also works on a Sony Ericsson X1. Thanks a lot!!

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Priit L,

    Thanks for your comment. It’s good to hear all of the different devices that this program works on!

  • Priit L

    i successfully installed the program to Samsung Omina (i900, WM6.1 Pro) and it works like a charm! Many Thanks!

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @bigstan,

    What is the exact error message that Windows Mobile is giving you? I haven’t been able to replicate on my T-Mobile Wing.

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Alex:

    Glad it helped you out. Thanks for visiting the site! :)

  • Alex

    This work great on my HTC touch pro, (t-mobile) thanks for your help!

  • bigstan

    @Andrew:

    Got the same error as Gregg above – permissions issue. I have a new out-of-the-box SMT5800 (Verizon) with Win Mobile 6.0. There is no touchscreen on the device. I have plenty of on-board memory, and attempted to install *from* both the SD card and resident storage. Attempted installation *to* device, not SD card. Any other suggestions you may have?

    -Stan

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Moataz:

    If the keyboard isn’t working, make sure that you installed the WM6RDP.cab file to your devices main memory, NOT the storage card.

  • Moataz

    Please i need your Help i connected on my PC But when i try to write the password i open my HTC touch Keyborad and begin to write the password nothing written so what shall I do i need your Help please

  • Sparks

    I’ve tried this on my Dell Axim X51v and it times out after 10 idle minutes. It is not a setting on the host PC. Anyone else having this issue?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @ Mark DeDionisio:

    If the keyboard isn’t working, make sure that you installed the WM6RDP.cab file to your devices main memory, NOT the storage card.

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    You’ll need to copy it to your phone first. Do you have ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center? (in Vista) If either Active Sync/WMDC is running, and your phone is connected via USB, you should simply be able to see your phone in “My Computer.” Copy the CAB file to the phone through Windows Explorer.

    Then on the phone, use the File Explorer to browse to the CAB file. Simply “click” it once with your stylus to install it, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Does that help?

  • Dave West

    I’m new to this. I have the cab file for remote desktop connection, but how do I install it on my phone?

    Thanks!

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @Gregg:

    I’ve seen this error come up, but it’s actually a generic error. It seemed the error always came up when I was short on program memory. Perhaps try uninstalling some programs you don’t use/need, and try again?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @jadnakhle:

    Is remote desktop allowed in Vista through the “My Computer” option and in the Vista firewall? Is it also forwarded on any hardware firewalls you may have?

  • Gregg

    when i try to install the cab file on my phone (samsung ace smartphone with windows mobile 6.0), i get an error message saying does not have sufficient system permissions.

    what is wrong? how can i install?

  • jadnakhle

    well, I’ve tried the cab file on my T-Mobile wing but it failed to connect me to my desktop (vista). It gave this message: Cannot connect. Likely reasons are:
    1-The remote computer is not set up fro this
    2- Reached the maximum number of connections.
    3- A network error occurred while connecting.

    knowing that my wlan connection is fine & I’m able use internet. Any Ideas?
    thnx in advance

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Hi Matthew,

    You can learn more here: http://pdaphonehome.com/forums/ppc-6700-xv6700/84897-wm6_rdp-mobile-remote-desktop-client.html

    I was hosting the download here because it’s really hard to find. But you bring up a very legitimate point–I’ll add the link for further information to my original post. Thanks!

    –Andy

  • Matthew

    Hi there

    Thanks – one question : who writes and publishes this ? Little bit wary of typing credentials into unknown software…

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    @ Dino,

    Not that I am aware of. I Googled but didn’t find anything. Let me know if you ever come up with anything!

  • Dino Totaro

    I’ve tested this Rdesktop on my HP214, but one big problem is the flickering of the screen at every touch/click. Is a better version available ?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Hmm…it has worked fine for me (well, as good as it can considering the teeny tiny res of the WM phone). What is the OS version that you’re connecting to, out of curiosity?

  • Mark DeDionisio

    This seems really great, but on my Sprint (HTC) Mogul once I get connected I have no keyboard input either on the soft keypad nor on the slide out keyboard.