How to make remote desktop RDP connection more responsive.

Working with a slow remote desktop sucks! I cannot take that delay between my click and the action in my remote desktop connections. If you search on the internet for ways to make your remote desktop connection faster, you will find tones of articles about how to reduce the quality of the remote desktop colors and stuff like that. but sometimes that just doesn’t work.

in my case both me and my remote computer are connected to high speed internet, but the responsiveness is still sluggish. the cause of it is the ping. basically the distance.

usually I encounter this problem when I’m working with servers in other countries which are too far from my place. Till now the only solution I found to help with the laggy-ness of remote desktop was to play with bitmapCacheSize property of RDP. which you cannot set it via remote desktop client GUI. but there is a Fix for that.

The first thing you want to do is to make sure persistent bitmap caching is enabled in your remote desktop client. This option can be enabled by a single click of mouse in Experience tab of Remote Desktop Connection app.


However this alone does not do much. what you need to do next is to manipulate the default number of bitmap caching. To do it you need to save your remote desktop connection and then open it in some text editor. Notepad is enough to do it so.

open it and then add following line to the end of the file:


This will change the bitmap cache size to 32mb which will give you a much better experience in term of responsiveness of your remote desktop session.

Well that’s it. Hope it helps you, don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me if it worked for you or not.


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  1. Thanks! That helps!
    Is there anymore optimization we can do to make it even smoother, like choosing connection speed?

  2. Thank you! Works on Mac (Version 10.6.0 (1872)). Had to export the profile, edit it, and then drag it back in.

  3. I also turned off graphic animations in my ubuntu target with:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false

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