Change RDP listening port without System Reboot


We can easily change remote desktop listening port to some other port than the default 3389.

By default RDP listens on TCP 3389. Once we change this port to some other port , We may need to restart the system to activate the new listening port .

open registry editor and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

Then click on PortNumber and select radio button Decimal which will show value in Decimal. Now enter a desired port number and close the registry editor.

To activate this new port , press Windows+R on keyborad which opens up run window. Type services.msc in run window and press enter now we can restart “Remote Desktop Services” from Sevices list . This will cause any existing remote desktop connection to close and one may need to reopen remotedesktop on new port by entering IPADDRESS:NEWPORT on Remote Desktop client (mstsc)