How To Enable Remote Desktop Access In Windows

How To Enable Remote Desktop Access In Windows

Among many advantageous features of Windows, Remote Desktop Connection is one which allows a user to control another PC. The only condition for this feature to work is that both the system should be on the same network and using Windows operating system. The most common example you can take is a college or an office where you can access your colleague’s PC by just sitting at your place or vice versa by using the remote desktop connection.

Please note that by default, Remote Desktop Connection is disabled in Windows. Therefore, in this article, we will provide you with the steps to enable it in Windows 7 and 10, along with the steps to use it. You can enable remote access by different ways.

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Method 1: From Start/Window Button

  1. Click on Windows/ Start button and type remote access. Now click on “Allow remote access to your computer”.
    remote access
  2. A new window of System Properties will open. Checkmark the box next to “Allow Remote Assistance connections on this computer”. Also, it is recommended to select “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)”, as it is considered as a more secure way of establishing connection.
    remote system properties

If you are on Windows 10 then you will find that this option is by default enabled. Click on “OK” followed by Apply.

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Method 2: From My computer/ This Computer

  1. Open My Computer and click on System properties.
    system properties
  2. In the left pane click on Remote settings.
    remote settings
  3. A new window of System Properties will open. Repeat the process as in Method 1.
    remote system properties

If you are using Windows 10 then open This PC. Now right click on “This PC” icon and select properties.
This PC properties

In the System window that opens, click on Remote settings. This will again open the same System Properties windows. Now follow the same steps of Method 1.
remote settings

Method 3: From Control Panel:

  1. In windows 7/10 open Control Panel and click on System icon.
    control panel system
  2. In the System window that opens, click on Remote settings. Now, in the System Properties windows that opens, follow the same steps of Method 1.
    remote settings

How to start a remote connection:

  1. The process of starting a remote connection is same, irrespective of the Windows version you are using. To start a remote connection, click on start button type “mstsc” and press Enter.
    mstsc
  2. Type in, either the name of the computer or the IP address of the computer which you wish to access, and click on Connect button.
    remote desktop connection
  3. Enter the credentials like username and password of the computer with which you wish to connect and click on OK.
    credentials

Once the credentials are validated you can access the PC just like you’re sitting in front of it.

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So, friends these are few simple ways by which you can easily enable remote desktop connection on any version of Windows.

Varun is a technical blogger at Systweak. His engineering background helps him present technical solutions and concepts in an engaging manner. Varun enjoys reading both short and long form fiction and has tried his hand at writing poems too. When not busy with the pen, he likes traveling and spending time with family.

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