I recently installed the Kali Linux app in Windows 10,(https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9PKR34TNCV07) then followed the instructions on the website https://www.kali.org/news/kali-linux-in-the-windows-app-store/ . After then, I initiated remote desktop connection in Windows 10, and I logged in Kali Linux. All I am getting is a blank screen, and after some time the message below.

What can I do to run Kali Linux without this problem ?

message window

The Remote Desktop is set up correctly and the Kali Linux in the WSL is also installed properly.

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    Hello and welcome to the U&L stack exchange. Please review the Help Center for information on how to best ask questions here. We want everyone to be welcome but there are rules everyone has to follow. So to get to your question. Could you please edit your post to include more context. Why are you trying to remote desktop into your Windows Subsystem for Linux? Are you remoting from a different computer? This is a Unix and Linux site, questions involving issues with Windows are kind of off topic here...
    – kemotep
    Sep 20, 2018 at 13:32
  • No, I'm remoting from the same computer.
    – Aneesh Raj
    Sep 20, 2018 at 14:00
  • Why are you trying to remote desktop onto your own computer? You can just launch Kali from the store page or the .exe it provides you with.
    – kemotep
    Sep 20, 2018 at 14:14
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    are you sure of VNC ? I think you'd be better using SSH
    – Kiwy
    Sep 20, 2018 at 14:19
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    Is port 3350 the port that xrdp set up? In the video guide in the link you provided xrdp was set up on port 3390. xrdp should also have a log containing specifics of the error as well. Verify that your remote desktop is set up correctly and that your Kali Linux install in your WSL is set up correctly as well. Please edit your question to include these details. Thank you.
    – kemotep
    Sep 20, 2018 at 14:44

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There's a bug about this; apparently it happens because xorgxrdp is missing. Using the Xvnc backend as a workaround worked for me:

  • Install tigervnc:

    # apt-get install tigervnc*
  • When connecting to the remote desktop, choose "Xvnc" as the session type.


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