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Windows XP SP3 Update Breaks Windows Home Server Remote Access

Here is another problem that arises after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3. Windows Home Server Remote Access is not functioning anymore after installing the Service Pack 3. An attempt to access the updated computer using Windows Home Server's Remote Access function displays a dialog that is prompting the user to add their homeserver domain to the Trusted Sites list in Internet Explorer but access is not granted even after doing so.

The issue is caused by a security change to the Terminal Service ActiveX control in Internet Explorer which is now disabled by default. Thankfully a workaround was posted shortly after the problem became known. Here are the steps to fix the problem and enable Windows Home Server Remote Access again on systems running Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools > Manage Add-ons > Enable or Disable Add-ons to enable the Terminal Services ActiveX control again. If you see the Terminal Services control and are able to enable it you are done. If you cannot see it or cannot enable it you need to delete two keys in the Windows Registry instead which will also enable the Terminal Services ActiveX control again.

Open the Windows Registry by pressing Windows-r, typing regedit and tapping on the enter key. Navigate to the following keys in the Registry and delete them. Make sure you only delete the {--} entries and nothing more.

  • HKCU \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Ext \Settings \{7390f3d8-0439-4c05-91e3-cf5cb290c3d0}
  • HKCU\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Ext\ Settings\ {4eb89ff4-7f78-4a0f-8b8d-2bf02e94e4b2)

Once you have deleted those two keys the activeX control should be enabled again in Internet Explorer. You may not to restart the system once or log out and on again before the changes become active. I suggest you open Internet Explorer and check if the option is there after you have deleted the keys. If it is not, restart the PC and they should be available.

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    1. Yash said on May 18, 2008 at 11:42 am

      typo: 3rd para…2nd line ….you missed ‘l’ in ‘terminal’

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