Microsoft RDP License Restriction Details

Please keep in mind that home, basic, and premium versions of Windows cannot connect to another end-user operating system. The only versions of Windows operating systems that can use the native version of the rdp protocol to connect to other versions of end-user operating systems are Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate versions.

This means if you have:

Windows 7 Starter, Home, or Home Premium – you can only connect to server os’s, not end-user systems
Windows 8.1 Basic, Home, or Home Premium – you can only connect to server os’s, not end-user systems
Windows 10 Home or Home Premium – you can only connect to server os’s, not end-user systems

Windows 7 Professional & Enterprise – you can connect to server os’s and end-user operating systems
Windows 8.1 Professional & Enterprise – you can connect to server os’s and end-user operating systems
Windows 10 Professional & Enterprise – you can connect to server os’s and end-user operating systems

These restrictions are based on Microsoft’s license details. So depending on what operating system you have, and its licensing level, depends on which remote desktop systems you are able to connect to using the native rdp protocol.

Residential Remote Desktops are still the most secure method of making it appear like you are natively located in another country.

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