Enable Black Screen during Remote Desktop Over the Internet using Chrome Remote Desktop

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Using Chrome Remote Desktop to remotely accessing your Windows computer, but having privacy concern on the possibility that someone else who happen to be nearby your host computer can see your host computer screen while you are remoting to the machine? Or in case you are using some other tools (paid or free) that do not have blackout screen and currently looking for workaround / alternative way to hide / blackout the screen?

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Doing Remote Desktop and want the host screen to appear blank / black / sleep? Use Curtain mode!

Don’t worry I’ve got solution for you to blackout the screen, disable the screen or hide the screen or make the screen ‘sleep’ while you are remoting to the machine. Google Chrome browser (or in short, Chrome) has the feature and it’s called “Curtain mode”.

Here’s how to enable Curtain Mode on Chrome Remote Desktop for Windows computer

Follow these steps to enable Chrome Curtain Mode on host Windows computer.

1) On the host Windows computer, click on “Windows” then type Registry Editor.

2) When prompted by “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click “Yes”.

3) Registry Editor program will launch.

4) Go to the following path and set the value accordingly.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\RemoteAccessHostRequireCurtain to 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\fDenyTSConnections to 0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\UserAuthentication to 0

5) Special for Windows 10, on top of doing step #4, you need to do this extra setup.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\SecurityLayer to 1

That’s it. Do give a try to enable Chrome Remote Desktop Curtain mode by remoting the Windows Host machine.

Alternative way to enable Curtain Mode on Chrome Remote Desktop for Windows computer

In case the steps above are too complicated to do or you did them but you don’t get the Curtain mode / blackout screen activated, then do these alternative steps.

1) On the host Windows computer, click on “Windows” and type “cmd”. Right click on “Command Prompt” from the list and select “Run as Administrator”.

2) When prompted by “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click “Yes”.

3) Copy the following command and paste it into your “Command Prompt” window.

reg add HKLM\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome /v RemoteAccessHostRequireCurtain /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f && reg add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /v fDenyTSConnections /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f && reg add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp” /v SecurityLayer /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f && reg add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp” /v UserAuthentication /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f && net stop chromoting && net start chromoting

4) Press “Enter” to execute the command. Close the Command Prompt window once done.

That should do the job. Do give a try to enable Chrome Remote Desktop Curtain mode by remoting the Windows Host machine.

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16 thoughts on “Enable Black Screen during Remote Desktop Over the Internet using Chrome Remote Desktop

  • October 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you! Now let’s say I wanted to disable curtain mode using the alternative method (seemed easier). Can I disable it? Like if I wanted somebody to see my screen at work, can I turn off curtain mode with a similar cmd code?

  • November 5, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    This didn’t work for me, now i’m unable to use chrome remote desktop completely. How do i reverse the command prompt i entered?

    • November 8, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Hi Al,

      Which Windows and Chrome version are you using?
      To revert back, you can try this:
      1) Go to Registry Editor.
      2) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\RemoteAccessHostRequireCurtain, and change back the value to 0.

  • November 19, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    The same issue as above.
    I ran the above commands remotely and now I’m unable to access my remote computer, which is a bit of a pain 🙁

  • November 19, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    However, doing Navigate to changing the key back to 0 does indeed fix it.
    Versions FYI :-
    Chrome Version 96.0.4664.45 (Official Build) (64-bit)
    Windows 10 10.0.19043 Build 19043

  • February 22, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    After I go to here, I cannot find Chrome after \Google\?

    I can use Chrome Remote Desktop, but I don’t know why I cannot find Chrome. My windows is 10 Home version. Thanks.

  • April 19, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Didn’t work for me either. Win10 home, win8.1 remote host. Had to turn curtain back to 0…

  • August 22, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    it seems to me that the curtain get’s attached to the user that’s remoting in and not the machine being connected to. How do you change this so that when I use my phone to remote into my pc my pc get’s the curtain and not my phone?

    • August 28, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Jason,
      Which Chrome version are you using and which OS are you using with your Chrome?

  • October 19, 2022 at 7:41 am

    I am using Windows pro on both host and client computers and I tried the alternate method to enable curtain mode in chrome desktop. After enter the alternate command and tried to access the host I got nothing but a shaking lock screen of the host and no way of continuing. In other words I am unable to access the host. I one of your replies to another post, they asked if they could disable the curtain. Your reply was “Yes, you should be able to turn it off” but I didn’t see where you explained how to turn it off. Could you please reply to me as to how to go about disabling the Curtain?

    • October 25, 2022 at 10:55 am

      Hi Larry,

      You can go to Regedit, under
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\RemoteAccessHostRequireCurtain, change the value to 0 to disable the curtain.

  • November 15, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Definitely should have read the comments here before I did this remotely, now I just see a gray screen and it boots me off CRD 🙁

    Will have to see what my screen shows when I get home and try to revert it…

  • April 25, 2023 at 9:06 am

    So i tried command prompt, screen froze and then disconnected me. Now if i try to log back into that computer, it just stays on a gray screen and i cant see the screens at all, i just get kicked off after15-30 seconds.
    Can this be undone remotely or do i have to get back to the other computer to undo this?


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