Rhino 7 on Windows Server - New in 7.4

Rhino 7 released without support for running interactively on Windows Server. Since then, we’ve learned that tons of our Rhino 6 customers are successfully running on a variety of VDI platforms, and want to run Rhino 7 there, too.

We plan to release support for running Rhino interactively on Windows Server / Virtual Desktop in Rhino 7.4 (Due to be released March 10, 2021).

Neither Microsoft, nor any of the VDI providers, have a consistent way of indicating to applications that the application is running in a virtual desktop environment - so we have to work to support each vendor specifically.

If you are trying to get Rhino 7 working on Windows Server, please download the Rhino 7 Release Candidate and let us know if it works.


This works on Windows 10 20H2 Multi User. (Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktop)


Hi there,
v 7.4 seems to work perfect on Windows server!
Thanks a lot and thank you Mitch for your info


Thanks for letting us know that it’s working for you guys!

We just released a new Rhino 7 release candidate (7.4.21061.15001) that includes specific support for fra.me.

Update: this specific fix has been in the stable Windows build since 7.4 – download…

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@will should the Rhino 7.8 run on Windows Server Datacenter 2016? We are getting the following error within Amazon Workspaces trying to setup a VDI environment.


Is there a switch we need to pass or anything to get it to work? We are running Rhino 7.8, which is the minimum version our plugin supports for our next version of MatrixGold.

We haven’t figured out how to support Amazon Workspaces directly yet, but we’re working on it. I think @will has a way to get this working for you, and will contact you via direct message.


Hi @brian, @will,

Any update or workaround for installing Rhino 7.8 on AWS? I’m getting the same error as @jstevenson during installation.

Thanks in advance,

@jfreund, which AWS product are you using, specifically?

Hi @will, version 7.12 seems to have resolved the issue. Was attempting installation of 7.8 on an AWS PowerPro instance.

Thanks again,

Ah! Support for Amazon WorkSpaces was added in 7.11. Glad you got it sorted!

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