Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to


So Windows Vista has been released and though it is working fine, there are still a few very minor blips. Nothing major, but just a couple small things that bug me, here’s one for ya. I recently installed Windows Vista, and now anytime I connect to a remote computer via a Remote Desktop Connection, I get the following message:

Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to. This problem can occur if:

  1. The remote computer is running a version of Windows that is earlier than Windows Vista.
  2. The remote computer is configured to support only the RDP security layer.

Contact your network administrator or the owner of the remote computer for assistance.

Do you want to connect anyway?

Is there anyway to disable this screen and just connect immediately?

Update

This prompt screen can be bypassed as follows: Go to the advanced tab and select “always connect, even if authentication fails” in the drop down.

10 thoughts on “Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to”

  1. Alright, so what do you do when you receive an error telling you that the identity of the remote computer couldn’t be identified and you can not connect? I have made sure that Remote Desktop is enabled on both computers and A can not connect to B and B can not connect to A. What’s next?

  2. Please HELP!!! I cannot remote connect to my computer running Vista from XP Pro. I setup an ip address in the router for port 3389 and opened it up and also used that same ip on my home machine. When I ping the ip address for the home machine it sends the packets no problem so I have no idea why I cannot connect to it.

  3. Having the same problem. Various version of XP are able to remotely connect to a 2003 server however Windows Vista results with no error.

    I enable ‘Warn me if authentication fails’, in Vista and it resulted in the following error using ports 3389 and 3390:

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    Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to. This problem can occur if:

    1) The remote computer is running a version of Windows that is earlier than Windows Vista.
    2) The remote computer is configured to support only the RDP security layer.

    Contact your network administrator or the owner of the remote computer for assistance.

    Do you want to connect anyway?

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  4. “You want to add guest as a user. You do this in the Remote Desktop properties window.”

    LOL, that must be it!!

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