Using Remote Desktop with Microsoft 365 apps

Find out how to install and use Microsoft 365 apps on a remote desktop (RDS) or shared computer

Last updated 6th September 2021


You have the option to use the software suite in the Microsoft 365 apps pack on a remote or shared machine. To do this, you will need to follow the installation procedure described in this guide.

Learn how to install and use Microsoft 365 apps on a remote desktop (RDS) or shared computer.


  • a Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise licence (formerly: Office 365 ProPlus)
  • using Microsoft Windows via a remote desktop (Remote Desktop Services)

The Microsoft 365 Apps for business licence is incompatible with RDS and shared computer usage.


This guide is based on the official Microsoft documentation: Deploy Microsoft 365 Apps by using Remote Desktop Services.

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Method 1: Manual configuration

Installing a Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise solution on a shared computer using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) does not work without a specific configuration. Without this setting, you should get the following message:


If you have already installed your Office 365 ProPlus licence, you will need to uninstall it.

  • Once you have uninstalled your licence, please click here to download the Microsoft 365 Deployment Tool.

  • Run the deployment tool on your machine.

  • Edit the configuration.xml file.

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Edit the configuration.xml file, then uncomment the following lines:

Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True"
Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1"

If these lines do not exist, you can copy and paste them into the file.

  • Save the changes you have made. Then open a Powershell terminal and run the following two commands from the folder where the configuration.xml file is located:
./setup.exe /download configuration.xml
./setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

These commands can take several minutes to complete.

  • Open the Windows registry editor by running Regedit, then follow this path:
  • Check the following key:

Make sure the value is 1. If this key does not exist, you can create it.


  • Launch an Office 365 suite application, and you will be prompted to enter your user name and password.


  • You can now use your Office 365 suite from your shared computer using Remote Desktop Services (RDS).


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