AWRC What’s New
- New image compression engine that provides both faster compression and significant reduction (50% or more) in the remote agent CPU usage. In most cases, under Preferencias, keep Compression Level in the Normal setting, even for connecting across the internet. Light Compression Level might be selected for very high bandwidth conditions. The Strong Level will not improve over the Normal level except under very low bandwidth conditions.
- Fix for cases were the remote desktop image becomes garbled due to out of synch conditions.
- The remote desktop viewer might sometimes continue black immediately after connection when the Rendering Scale was not set to Fit.
- When the Rendering Scale was set to Fit, changing to a different scale did not properly adjust the size and position of the Viewer scrollbar thumb button.
- There is also a new command line switch “/f”, that starts AWRC in full screen mode. For example: “C:\Program Files\Remote Commander\awrc.exe” /r=192.168.1.100 /u=Administrator /p=Mypassword /f
- Fix for Ports Finder under old Windows 2000.
- Adjustments for full compatibility with Windows 10.
- The application will be centered on the default monitor, when you launch it pressing the Shift key.
- The Services tab shows the image path of the service as a Hint.
- Extra clean-up measures for the few cases where the remote agent service is not able to self uninstall.
- Closing the software, during the initialization stage of a connection might throw an exception.
- The password used to connect to a remote machine (which is inserted in the Password box) could be visualized using some spy softwares, which are able to read through the dot obfuscation character.
- Now, the button “Block Remote Input” allows input from the client. Previously, the mouse and keyboard input were disabled for both the client and the remote user.
- More improvements on keyboard handling. These include hotkeys like Alt-Shit (used to commute the input language, this was not working on the Logon Screen of recent Windows versions) and Ctrl-Shift. The NumLock would never syncronize between local and remote if they were different at the time the connection was established. And now, the helper Ctrl, Shift, Alt and WindowsLogo buttons accept modifier keypresses (i.e. Ctrl, Shif or Alt) when the button is pressed. For example, pressing Alt while clicking the WindowsLogo button produces Alt+WindowsLogo.
- When connecting to Windows 8/8.1 or Server 2012/2012R2, and Request Authorization or Connection Notification Frame are selected (or if you are using the Standard or PB Builds), the remote user might not be aware of the connection if the Metro interface was being displayed. Now, an immediate switch to the Classic Desktop is performed upon connection (only if any of referred options were selected or in the mentioned Builds).
- On File System view, icons correspond to file extension associations on the local computer.
- Symbolic links and junctions, i.e. filesystem objects that point to another file system object, (under Vista and above, examples are Documents and Setting, Favorites, All Users and Default User) are now resolved under the File System view.
- The Full-Screen hotkey might disappear under certain circumstances.
- Deactivation failures, namely for incorrect password, were not being handled properly and the error message was not clear.
- In some non-US keyboard layouts, pressing the ‘/’ (divide) key in the Numeric Keypad produces a different character on the remote computer.
- Under the File System view, some non-ASCII named folders might not be opened.
- Launching files on the remote computer as “You”, would not render properly the window in Vista and above.
- Complete code review resulting in a clear increase in performance.
- Full Unicode is supported in almost every feature.
- Uploads, downloads, zipping and unzipping are done asynchronously. So, you can do other tasks in the meantime and will be notified when the operations conclude or require your attention.
- Zip64 is fully supported, so there is no practical limits to the size of the Zipped files. Zipped files are fully compatible with all mainstream ZIP software.
- Pings remote (by default) before attempting to connect, to verify its online status.
- Supports any number of monitors (previously there was a limit) on the remote computer, you can view and work on any one of them.
- Now, it is possible to launch files on the remote computer under any user account (previously not possible for Windows Vista and later).
- Workgroup type license were discontinued. All licenses for AWRC 10 and later, work both within Windows Domains and Workgroups.
- Setting a password to prevent launching AWRC is now easier and does not require Administrator privileges.
- Retrieves information about monitor(s), namely commercial name, code ID, serial number. year and week of manufacture and many hardware details.
Only when remote is Windows Vista and above. This information enters in a new box in the Remote System General Information tab.
Explanation about parameters meaning is in the Help file.
- Now, every conceivable piece of information about a running process is provided under the Sysinfo/Processes tab. Check the help file for details.
- Now, it is possible to select, from 3 possible stripe color sets (sometimes called zebra colors) for the grid listings.
- There is a “Fit” option for the remote desktop viewer, where the remote screen is completely inserted keeping the aspect ratio.
- In the PB Build, the Log File is monitored for integrity preventing modifications.
- Connection Notification to the remote machine can optionally be used even with the Classic Build. This is, and was, enforced in the Standard and PB Builds.
- Connection Notification is not performed anymore with an icon on the System tray, but with a small frame that can not be closed while the connection lasts.
- Request Authorization and Connection Notification Frame checkboxes change to red color when checked and make the Remote Host edit box color to change as well.
- Special key shortcuts like Alt-Tab, Alt-Esc and Windows Key combinations can now be easily simulated on the remote machine by clicking one of the three buttons (Windows Key, Control Key or Alt Key), instead of the equivalent keyboard keys, followed by the other keys pressed directly on the keyboard as usual.
This is important to bypass the priority the system gives to the local computer to process these shortcuts.
For example, to access the Charm Bar on Windows 8.xx, just press the Windows Key button followed by C.
- Maintenance release for optimizing but also solved a freezing issue on some systems and removed a persistent alert on startup after checking “Don’t use random suffix” in Configure. Also, in this release we replaced the icons of the Desktop page because the existing set was a bad choice.
- Now, it is possible to launch multiple instances of AWRC and connect to multiple remote machines at the same time. No configuration is needed for that.
- A computer can also be connected simultaneously by multiple machines. No configuration is needed for that.
- There is a button to set AWRC on top of all the other windows. There is no guarantee that it will be the upmost, just that it will belong to the group of topmost windows.
- Remote screen desktops captures can now be saved in .jpg format, in addition to .bmp format.
- A few more optimizations to screen updating speed have been made.
- Control-Alt-Del to the remote machine is now done with a button, not with a global hotkey as before. This frees the user from having to remember the key combination as is also more suitable for scenarios of multiple connections.
- The AWRC window caption bar and the application title (visible in taskbar) mention the computer being connected to. This is useful when connecting to multiple remote machines.
- Sometimes, the Remote System General Information appeared all empty, the cause was an exception when retrieving the information from the remote machine.
- Right-clicking on some AWRC boxes and selecting Increase Font or Decrease Font, only decreased or only increased some of them.
- Changes in font sizes were not persisted across sessions.
- In some cases screen updates not synching, staling the screen refreshing on local machine.
- An issue with automatic updates.
- Some unusual screen resolution were not properly captured, one of such cases happened with screen widths of 1276 pixels in either 4 colors or 24 colors.
- This release is made ready for differentiated automatic updates based on build type (Standard, CL or PB).
- A very significant speed improvement, due to a full rewrite of the image handling routines.
- Included an alert icon which shows up on the remote system during a connection. (This is for conformance with some corporate policies, but the classic stealth release can also be downloaded).
- Solved all outstanding DEP issues, now it should run even on 64-bit server operating systems with DEP fully enforced.
- DEP issues mostly on 64-bit Windows could cause crash on launch.
- Ctrl-Alt-Del, keyboard handling and permission related issues.
- Remote mouse movement issues.
- Support for multiple monitors (up to 10 monitors) on the remotely accessed computer. You can easily select a monitor by using the Monitors drop down button under the viewer area of the Desktop tab.
- Now, you can produce Control-Alt-Del on Windows 7, Windows 2008 and Windows Vista remote machines in the same way you did for previous Windows versions. No Windows settings need to be changed on the remote machine.
- A number of code changes aimed at speed improvement and reducing CPU utilization and memory usage.
- Encrypted communication has been simplified still keeping security at the highest level. Key pairs are now generated using the Diffie-Hellman algorithm and random data from Windows crypto API. There is no need for the user to enter any secret text to generate key pairs. Asymmetric key exchange is done now in one single cycle.
- And many more details.
- Some windows were placed on the desktop center (instead of screen center) when AWRC was launched from a computer with multiple monitors.
- Keyboard handler fix, sometimes not possible to type to the remote machine.
- Upgrading a computer from a backup could cause access violations when running a registered copy of AWRC.
- A Connections Log is optionally produced on the local machine, this was a common request from helpdesk personnel. It is accessible through a button on the desktop tab.
- Some right-click popup menus had out of context items.
- A few color fixes.
- The user can select from 2 user interfaces, Windows classic or Traditional. Windows Classic is now the default.
- The Update Files item of the File System tab popup menu launches a dialog with a Remember Last Folder checkbox.
- Web updater.
- SysInfo/General/Operating System identified all Windows Vista releases as Ultimate.
- Now, connections can be made to Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise editions as well as to the upcoming new server codenamed “Longhorn Server”.
- The software has full support for remote session switching and logoff/logon maintaining the connection always alive (no need to disconnect). This functionality is relevant for Vista, Longhorn Server as well as for XP Fast User Switching (FUS).
- By selecting the new View-Only mode, local mouse movements and keystrokes are not passed to the remote computer. This is useful for passive monitoring.
- During a connection, you can disable the wallpaper and aero composition (Vista) on the remote computer. This enhances speed and reduces CPU cycles. The previous state is restored while disconnecting.
- The Configure menu is now within a tab of the main Window, this improves usability and saves mouse clicks.
- XP Pro FUS compatibility can be disabled from the Configure menu. If Fast User Switching Services are disabled or stopped you can still connect by unchecking the box. The same happens with Windows Server 2003, but here the default condition is disabled – not concerned with sessions.
- The software automatically detects remote shutdown and disconnects the connection.
- On remote Windows XP, Server 2003 and later, the software detects the process of hibernation or stand-by and disconnects the connection.
- Common error messages on the Progress Report box relating to inability to connect are now more detailed. We continue to advise people to read our FAQ either from the Help file or online at http://www.atelierweb.com/awrc/faq.htm. The FAQ is not extensive but covers almost every conceivable difficulty. A Vista specific FAQ is also available.
- Many grids can now be sorted by column by clicking on the column header. These include the Processes, Services, Shares, Ports Finder, Connections and Listening Ports, File System, Local and Global Groups.
- The Processes grid reports also on Session ID, User and Domain.
- The Progress Report box displays the time of the event.
- The Sysinfo tab grids can properly report the new Operating Systems and CPUs.
- AWRCAC (AWRC Access Control) is now much more powerful, able to monitor or block connections even before any user is logged on at the console.
- We have included in the distribution a software named AWRCKEY. This software will remove a Registry Key used by pre-AWRC 6.0 purchased releases of AWRC. If you do not plan to use pre-AWRC 6.0 releases again you can remove the key with AWRCKEY.
- And many more details.
- Reduced the size of awrexec.exe, the remote service started on remote system, allowing a faster connection to the remote machine.
- Various access violations, most of them while waiting for a connection to be established after pressing the Connect button.
- Trying to change the default hotkeys for Ctrl-Alt-Del and Full Screen might not be possible.
- Compatibility issues with x64 64-bit Windows releases:
- SysInfo/Processes not showing 64-bit processes.
- Ports Finder feature not providing results.
- Uploading and Downloading files under the File System tab failed.
- Memory not correctly reported under SysInfo/General for systems with more than 2GB of RAM.
- SMBIOS information for BIOS under SysInfo/General not reported under Windows Server 2003 SP 1 and x64 64-bit Windows releases.
- SysInfo/Physical Memory Viewer not providing results under Windows Server 2003 SP 1 and x64 64-bit Windows releases. Addresses in the range 0x000C0000 – 0x000FFFFF can be retrieved on these systems.
- AWRC password could not be removed (bug in release 5.51).
- Sending clipboard contents to the remote machine could fail.
- Double-clicking on a file under the File System tab did not download it.
- Now, it is possible to prevent remote users from using the mouse or keyboard during a connection. Useful, when remote users must not be allowed to interfere with the work in progress.
- Mouse wheel support has been added. It acts on the remote computer when the mouse is inside the remote desktop viewer. It acts on the viewer itself, scrolling it, when the mouse is outside the desktop viewer; pressing the Ctrl key while moving the wheel scrolls the viewer horizontally.
- Under the File System tab you can download and upload complete directory trees in addition to files, previously only files were allowed. You can opt for downloading and uploading in compressed format, as previously, (better across the Internet) or in uncompressed format (faster within local networks).
- Now, most Windows and internal error messages are reported verbosely.
- The right-click popup menu of the Sysinfo has options to save or print all the boxes at the same time.
- When checked under Options, the User Name and Password used to connect are saved in the Registry and will autofill the respective boxes when the program launches. We do not recommend selecting this Option when other people not supposed to know your password may have access to the local computer. If selected, the User Name and Password boxes change color and a warning is shown when the program closes.
- It is possible to launch AWRC from the command line and make a connection. The syntax is:
Path\awrc.exe /r=<Remote Host> /u=<User> /p=<Password>
"C:\Program Files\Remote Commander\awrc.exe" /r=192.168.1.100 /u=Administrator /p=Mypassword
- An Administrator can set a Password under Options to prevent other users from launching AWRC.
- Under Options, you may set a Compression Level for the remote desktop images. Within a fast LAN it may be faster to use Light compression, while across the internet you may try the Strong compression. The default is Normal, which is a tentative compromise between both.
- eTrust AV and ZoneAlarm 5.5 (based on the same VET engine), may optionally use on-access AV scanning. This is done not only for files but, oddly, for inbound network pipes at creation time. The effect is not transparent and caused connection problems on the computer where AWRC and the scanner is installed. If the scanner was installed only on the remote computer there was no problems.
- On the NT winlogon desktop the cursor tended to jump to the top left corner.
- After a connection and logon on the remote winlogon screen a console window flashed briefly on the default desktop.
- When downloading files using the popup menu of the File System page, some temporary files were left behind on the remote system. The same happened on the local system when uploading files.
- Immediately after logging to a Windows 2000 Server, a console window could start popping up over the desktop producing an infinite flash effect. This problem has not been reported for other Windows releases.
- In some cases, normally after logging in, the keyboard or mouse could not be used if no window on the desktop had the input focus. This problem was only see in Windows 2000 machines.
- The updating functions were not working reliably and we decided not to provide files for direct updating from 5.0 to 5.01 from within AWRC. Users must download 5.01 from the site (as usual).
- Full-screen is now supported, i.e., when selected, the image of the remote desktop completely covers the screen area of the local computer. Also, the user can select from the Options to maintain the remote screen resolution aspect ratio. In this case, if the local and remote aspect ratios are different no stretching is made (rather an area of the local screen is left black to compensate for the different ratios).
- Screen resolution changes on the remote system are automatically reflected on the local system. This is valid both in normal view and full-screen modes.
- The remote service started on the remote system is now configurable from the Options. Configuration allows changing the binary name, which defaults to awrexec.exe, the service name and the service display name. The icon of the binary file has been removed as well. This is a security subject and contributes to the activity becoming even less noticeable, when this is a requirement. Of course, the latest AWRCAC release is still able to detect and stop regular AWRC builds.
- AWRC supports manual (the default) and automatic updates. When an update exists, and the user accepts to proceed with it, the new software is installed directly from the web with no need to run any setup or install program.
- AWRCAC has been updated in order to deal with cases where the service name and binary name have been changed.
- When connecting to a Windows XP remote, usually the first keystroke was not transmitted.
- “Initialization at stage…” errors where not adequately fixed in release 4.7. This was more evident when you disconnected then started a new connection to the same system within less than one minute.
- The exception at 0x00403038, which appeared occasionally during the disconnect stage, has been fixed.
- Corrected remote Operating System identification of Windows 2003 Enterprise, Standard and Web variants and Windows NT4 SP6 vs SP6a.