Avoiding Remote Desktop Connection Error: Console Session in Progress


While connecting to my Windows 8 tablet via remote desktop, I would intermittently run into a strange error. As I attempted to connect to the table using its machine name (while on the same network as my laptop) I would sometimes get the following error:

Your computer could not connect to another console session on the remote computer because you already have a console session in progress.

A number of searches didn’t immediately surface the problem, but after some digging I found that some found success from forgoing the use of the machine name and using the IP address of the machine instead.

The Workaround

While there may be more elegant ways to deal with this problem, I needed a quick fix so I ran ipconfig on the tablet to expose the IP address. With the IP address in hand, then I plugged that into the remote desktop login screen and I was able to connect and authenticate to the remote machine from there.

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