Backup Remote Desktop App Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a Store app (Universal Windows Platform) called "Remote Desktop". You can use it to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. The app helps you be productive no matter where you are. It is possible to backup and restore its options. This is very useful, because you can restore them when required or transfer them to another PC or user account.

The Remote Desktop app can be installed from the Store.

Windows 10 Remote Desktop App Screenshot 2

For the Remote Desktop Store (UWP) app, you can manually backup the following options and preferences:

  • General settings
  • Connections (remote PCs)
  • Stored credentials
  • Groups

Using your backup data, you'll be able to quickly restore connections and their options, user accounts for your connections, and custom groups to organize your connections.

If you use the Remote Desktop Store app frequently, you may be interested in creating a backup copy of your settings and preferences of the app, so you could manually restore them when required or apply them to another account on any Windows 10 PC. Here is how it can be done.

To backup the News app in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Close theRemote Desktop app. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages. You can paste this line to the address bar of File Explorer and hit the Enter key.Windows 10 Packages Folder
  4. Right-click on the folder Microsoft.RemoteDesktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe and select "Copy" in the context menu, or press the Ctrl + C key sequence to copy it.Windows 10 Remote Desktop App Folder
  5. Paste the folder to some safe location.

That's it. You just created a backup copy of your Remote Desktop app settings. To restore them or move to another PC or user account, you need to place them under the same folder.

Restore Remote Desktop in Windows 10

  1. Close Remote Desktop. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages. You can paste this line to the address bar of File Explorer and hit the Enter key.
  4. Here, paste the folder Microsoft.RemoteDesktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe. Overwrite the files when prompted.

Now you can start the app. It should appear with all your previously saved settings.

Note: The same method can be used to backup and restore options for other Windows 10 apps. See the articles

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