Prepare for Remote Debugging

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

With the Windows Remote Debugging (Windows RD) client, developers from Microsoft and your company can collaborate to debug kernel mode failures.

Before using the Windows Remote Debugging client, you must:

  1. On either the Windows Dev Center - Hardware, or the Windows Desktop App Developer Center, click Dashboard, and then sign in with the Microsoft account associated with the dashboard.

    noteNote
    If you don't have a dashboard account, see Before You Sign In for instructions to create one.

  2. Have permission to host a session or join a session as a participant. For more information, see the Permissions section in this topic.

  3. Install the Windows RD client on a computer with the following system requirements:

    • An Internet connection.

    • A TCP connection to the host computer when you are running a remote session within your corporate network.

    • The 32-bit or 64-bit version of any of the following operating systems:

      • Windows 8.1

      • Windows 8

      • Windows 7

      • Windows Server 2012

      • Windows Vista

      • Windows Server 2008

    • At least 1 megabyte (MB) of available disk space.

    • Windows Live Essentials.

      If Windows Live Essentials isn't installed, the current version is added automatically during the installation of the Windows RD client.

    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0.

      If Microsoft® .NET Framework isn't installed, you will be given an opportunity to download it during the installation of the Windows RD client.

  4. Install the Debugging Tools for Windows package if you are going to host a session.

    The Kernel Debugger (KD) is the only debugger that is currently supported by the Windows RD client.

Permissions

Before you can use the Windows RD client, you must have permission either to host or join a session.

To obtain permission

  1. On either the Windows Dev Center - Hardware, or the Windows Desktop App Developer Center, click Dashboard, and then sign in using the Microsoft account associated with the dashboard.

  2. On the left side of the window, click Administration.

  3. On the Administration page, on the left side of the window, click Your profile.

  4. On the Your profile page, click the Permissions tab.

  5. On the Permissions tab, under Windows Remote Debugging, select either Host Sessions, Join Sessions, or both. Click Update.

After your administrator has approved your request, you can start using the Windows Remote Debugging client.

Installation

After you have confirmed that you have permission to host or attend a remote debugging session, you can install Windows Remote Debugging.

If you are going to host a session, you must use KD as the debugger. KD is available when you install the Debugging Tools for Windows (DTW). The Debugging Tools for Windows package is available as an optional component of the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). You don't need to install the complete Windows SDK.

To install Windows Remote Debugging

  1. On either the Windows Dev Center - Hardware, or the Windows Desktop App Developer Center, click Dashboard, and then sign in using your Microsoft account associated with the dashboard.

  2. On the left navigation bar, click Remote Debugging.

  3. On the Remote Debugging page, in the Download box, click the Windows Remote Debugging Client link to download the latest version.

To install the Debugging Tools for Windows

  1. Download the Debugging Tools for Windows package.

Full instructions about how to install the tools and configure the software and hardware, on both host and target computers, can be found in the .chm file that is part of the DTW package.

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