How to enable font anti-aliasing for Windows XP Sp3 remote desktop connections

Microsoft quietly added the capability for font anti-aliasing (font smoothing) in Windows XP Service Pack 3.  This applies to Terminal Services (Remote Desktop / Remote Assistance) connections. This is very easy to do.  Just open up regedit (Start->cmd -> regedit) and make the following change:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations]

New DWORD Key: AllowFontAntiAlias

Value: 00000001

That’s it 🙂



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4 Replies to “How to enable font anti-aliasing for Windows XP Sp3 remote desktop connections”

  1. Been accessing the mandatory work Windows XP systemas a Virtual Machine from Linux for some years. I never realized how rough the fonts were till I reinstalled it and started using Office 2007. Instant fix! Thanks much / Rich

  2. Dear, I wanted to thank u heartfeltly for ur precious suggestion. Notice that I’m using remote desktops MASSIVELY and the absence of anti aliasing was so insanely exhausting !!!!
    ONLY NOTICE that, in my case at least, the way u suggested did not work. I had to add another identical Key inside WinStations/Console/RDP and to be 100% sure even inside WinStations/RDP-Tcp. Now it works flawlessly. Thanks !

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