In a previous post, I explained what is remote desktop connection and why it is used. Now, I am going to show you how to enable remote desktop connection. It is not difficult to do but you have to ensure certain things are put in place on the computer that you want to remote to for a connection to be established. Of course, the PCs have to be connected via a local area network LAN or WiFi. I use remote desktop almost every day at work. It really makes life and work easier because I don’t have to travel to another location to resolve a computer related issue unless there’s no connectivity. Hence, this feature in Windows not only saves a lot of time but it also save money. So, without any further ado let move along into how to enable remote desktop connection.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Things to do before
It is not that easy to set up comparing to services such as Team Viewer or VNC, that offers remote access to other computers. As a friendlier alternative, I would recommend these two remote access software if you just want to view files or to help family or friends. Therefore, to enable remote desktop connection ensure that the following are put in place:
- Ensure that the PC you want to connect to is powered up.
- Create an exception for the windows firewall.
- Allow remote access to the PC.
- Find the IP address of the PC you want to remote to.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Ensure that the PC is powered up
There are times when the PC starts to sleep or in hibernation. If it is sleeping or hibernating, you will not be able to connect. If you were in a large organization, I would recommend turning the sleep mode off in the event you want to connect to multiple computers.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Create an exception for the Windows Firewall
A firewall according to Microsoft is software or hardware that checks information coming from the Internet or a network, and then either blocks it or allows it to pass through to your computer, depending on your firewall settings. Therefore, it protects your system or network from unauthorized access. Thus, to enable remote desktop connect you need to create an exception for it on the firewall. Follow these simple steps below:
- Go to Control Panel from the Start menu or type it in the search bar.
- Click Systems and Security in the category view.
- Under Windows Firewall, click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.
- When the dialog box pops up, click Change Settings.
- Scroll through the list to find the item called Remote Desktop, and place a check mark by that item.
- Click OK when you’re finish and close the Control Panel window.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Allow remote access to the PC
To allow remote access to the targeted PC, you must enable remote desktop connection on it. To do this:
- Right click Computer or This PC in the Start Menu or on the Desktop.
- Click Properties.
- On the left pane, click Remote Settings and then the System Properties dialog box pops up.
- Under Remote tab, click Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).
- Click OK.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Find the IP address of the targeted PC
To enable remote desktop connection, you definitely have to know the IP address or the computer name of the computer that you want connect to. Without them, it’s impossible to establish a connection using remote desktop. In this tutorial though, I will only be using the IP address to enable remote desktop connection instead of the computer name. To get the IP address, go to the targeted PC:
- Hold the Windows button and press R.
- When the Run dialog box pops up, type cmd and press Enter.
- A black screen will pop up looking like the screenshot below which is called the command prompt.
- At the cursor type ipconfig command and press Enter to get the IP address of the PC.
- When the command prompt is populated, look for the line that says IPv4 Address and write down or memorize the numbers (mine is 192.168.5.130).
- Now that you find the IP address, you can close the command prompt.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection: Let’s connect to the targeted PC
Now that we have done the necessary configurations to enable remote desktop connection listed above, now let’s try to connect to the PC. Follow these steps:
- Type “remote desktop” in the search bar and click Remote Desktop Connection in the results area. Other alternative is to hold the Windows button, press R, type mstsc and press Enter.
- When the Remote Desktop Connection windows pops up, enter the IP address (192.168.5.130) of the targeted machine and press Enter or click Connect
- If you see any of these windows below pops up, just click Yes.
- Enter the credentials (user name and password) for the targeted computer and press Enter or click OK.
- When you’re connected, your screen should look like the screenshot below. If you want to see the desktop picture among other things, you have to configure it to show the desktop background.
That’s it guys! See how easy it is to enable remote desktop connection? Let do a run through. We ensure that the PC that we want to connect to is powered up and not sleeping or hibernating, create an exception for the windows firewall, allow remote access to the PC and find the IP address of the PC we want to remote to. If you follow this guide, you will be able to remote to computer without any issue.
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