One or more themes has been disabled by RDC settings (Win2k8 R2)


  • I'm trying to run Win2k8 R2 as a Terminal Server (in app mode) and allow clients to use
    the desktop experience.  I've setup the remote desktop server and made sure
    not to disable desktop composition.  I installed the desktop experience
    feature and rebooted several times.

    When I go to the Personalization control panel though, I can't select the
    aero theme and I see text at the bottom that says "One or more of the themes
    has been disabled by Remote Desktop Connection settings."  I can't figure
    out what's actually causing that though.  I've made sure the Win7 client is
    connecting with 32 bit color and the desktop composition setting enabled.

    There are a couple of group policies set in the domain for terminal servers,
    but I've checked and nothing there should be disabling aero.

    The TS related policies that are set are:

    Allow users to connect remotely using TS: Enabled
    Restrict TS users to a single remote session: Enabled
    Set Terminal Services Licensing Mode: Enabled - Per User
    Limit Max Color Depth: Enabled - 32-bit
    Server Authentication Certificate Template: Enabled - Name:

    FWIW, I can't get aero on another Win2k8 Server configured for TS either.  I
    just can't figure out what policy would be preventing it.  I've tried
    removing the limit color depth but that doesn't seem to make a difference.

    How can I get aero working on R2 as an RDP server?  The error message
    indicates that themes are disabled, so there has to be something it's

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 2:13 PM

All replies

  • Hi Oren,

    Check this thread out:

    Moshe, from Microsoft has said that Aero is not supported in Win2k8.

    The thread goes on into how to get Vista basic theme working, if this helps your experience. HOWEVER,

    One thing to think about is that enabling "richer" themes is going impact your performance as it takes more bandwidth. 

    Hope this helps,

    Kristin L. Griffin
    Kristin L. Griffin
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 3:10 PM
  • Vista basic seems to work fine -- but I thought they fixed it for R2.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 3:12 PM
  • that's what I am reading.  I also have seen this in some docs:

    The client must be running Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0.


    What are your clients running?

    Kristin L. Griffin
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 4:40 AM