Preparing a Remote Desktop for H264 support

To enable H264 on the remote desktop you will have to enable 3 policies in the 'Group Policy Editor'.

First, run 'gpedit.msc' to access Windows Group Policy Editor:

In Windows Registry Editor, navigate to 'Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Remote Session Environment'

Here you will have to enable the following policies:

  • Use hardware graphics adapters for all Remote Desktop Services sessions

  • Prioritize H.264/AVC 444 graphics mode for Remote Desktop Connections

  • Configure H.264/AVC hardware encoding for Remote Desktop Connections

Once you have enabled these policies, open a 'Command Prompt' window as administrator and run the command 'gpupdate /force' to update your group policies:

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