How to enable Audio over Windows RDP

The first step in enabling audio over RDP starts with moving remote sound to the remote machine:

  1. Launch Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)
  2. Click on Options
  3. Select Local Resources
  4. Locate Remote Computer Sound
  5. Select Bring to this computer
  6. Log on to the remote machine that requires sound

If you don't hear the Windows Startup melody upon logging in, please follow the steps mapped out below. If you do hear the melody, please skip the steps below and proceed to the next set of steps.

If you did not hear the Windows Startup melody during the login, follow these steps:

  1. Type tscc.msc on the Run command line (Start -> Run -> tscc.msc) on the remote machine
  2. Open the Connections folder in the left sidebar.
  3. Right click RDP-TCP
  4. Select Properties
  5. Select the Client Settings tab
  6. Uncheck the Audio mapping checkbox. *Please note that audio is disabled by default
  7. Select OK and close out tscc. Ignore the warning that follows after and logout.
  8. Log back in the remote machine

After doing this you should hear the Windows Startup melody.

Audio configuration for all applications:

  1. Open the sound control panel (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices)
  2. Select the Audio tab.
  3. Select Microsoft RDP Audio Driver for the default playback device, if not already selected
  4. Check 'Use only default devices' checkbox at the bottom
  5. Click the 'Voice' tab.
  6. Select Microsoft RDP Audio Driver for the default playback device, if not already selected
  7. Select OK.

Test audio over RDP:

  1. Find a audio file. (Start > Search, *.WAV/MP3/ETC)
  2. Double click the audio file so plays in Windows Media Player. If Windows Media Player is not the default audio player, launch it manually.
  3. Ignore errors if shown during attempted playback. Also ignore no sound during playback.
  4. Right click the title bar and select 'Tools'
  5. Select 'Options'
  6. Select the 'Devices' tab
  7. Double-click 'Speakers'
  8. Verify that 'DirectSound: Microsoft RDP Audio Driver (emulated)' is selected in the 'Audio device to use' box.
  9. Select OK
  10. Select OK again
  11. Close Windows Media Player

From there you should be able to hear sound on all applications through RDP.