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Black screen when I connect to my Windows server via RDP

Why do I get a black screen when I connect to my Windows server via RDP (Remote Desktop)?

This issue is a known Windows bug that occurs when the primary drive ( C: ) runs out of available free space. When this happens, Windows often overwrites control panel color settings for the desktop and login screen, resulting in the “blacked out” login screen and/or desktop.

When the login screen is black, you can often still access the normal Windows desktop, you just have to alt/tab through the various login screens:

When you first connect via RDP, there are two blanks you can tab through, the top one being the username (which should be Administrator,or, whatever you have set as your admin name), then, when you tab again, you will be in the password field. After entering the username and password, you should be able to Tab/Enter, and gain access to the system. If the system was just recently rebooted without warning, another screen (black) will pop up, asking why the server was rebooted. You can type anything here, and tab/enter again.

RAM for Microsoft Windows

Here’s a list of how much RAM the various Windows versions and editions support:

Windows NT 4.0: 4 GB
Windows 2000 Professional: 4 GB
Windows 2000 Standard Server: 4 GB
Windows 2000 Advanced Server: 8 GB
Windows 2000 Datacenter Server: 32 GB
Windows XP Professional: 4 GB
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition: 2 GB
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition: 4 GB
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition: 32 GB
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition: 128 GB
Windows Vista: 4 GB
Windows Server 2008 Standard: 4 GB
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: 64 GB
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: 64 GB
Windows 7: 4 GB


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