Connect with the Windows Desktop client

You can access Azure Virtual Desktop resources on devices with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Windows 7 using the Windows Desktop client.


This method doesn't support Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

This method only supports Azure Resource Manager objects. To support objects without Azure Resource Manager, see Connect with Windows Desktop (classic) client.

This method also doesn't support the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (RADC) client or the Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC) client.

Extended support for using Windows 7 to connect to Azure Virtual Desktop ends on January 10, 2023.

Install the Windows Desktop client

Download the client based on your Windows version:

During installation to determine access, select either:

  • Install just for you
  • Install for all users of this machine (requires admin rights)

To launch the client after installation, use the Start menu and search for Remote Desktop.

Subscribe to a Workspace

To subscribe to a Workspace, choose to:

  • Use a work or school account and have the client discover the resources available for you.
  • Use the specific URL of the resource.

To launch the resource once subscribed, go to the Connection Center and double-click the resource.


To launch a resource from the Start menu, you can find the folder with the Workspace name or enter the resource name in the search bar.

Use a user account

  1. Select Subscribe from the main page.
  2. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

The resources grouped by workspace appear in the Connection Center.


The Windows client automatically defaults to Azure Virtual Desktop (classic).

However, if the client detects additional Azure Resource Manager resources, it adds them automatically or notifies the user that they're available.

Use a specific URL

  1. Select Subscribe with URL from the main page.

  2. In the Email or Workspace URL field:

    • For Workspace URL, use the URL provided by your admin.
    Available Resources URL
    Azure Virtual Desktop (classic)
    Azure Virtual Desktop
    Azure Virtual Desktop (US Gov)
    Azure Virtual Desktop (China)
    • For email, use your email address.

    The client finds the URL associated with your email, provided your admin has enabled email discovery.

  3. Select Next.

  4. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

The resources grouped by workspace appear in the Connection Center.

Next steps

To learn more about how to use the client, check out Get started with the Windows Desktop client.

If you're an admin interested in learning more about the client's features, check out Windows Desktop client for admins.