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How Do I Use Remote Desktop?

Remote Desktop is a free Microsoft feature that gives users the ability to access another computer from a remote location. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Remote Desktop.

1. The first thing you need to do is to open the computer you want to connect to. Go to its Menu panel and search for the Settings tab. From there, select Systems in the About section of the Settings panel. At this point, make sure to take note of the PC’s name as you’ll need it later.

2. It’s important to note that Windows Remote Desktop is disabled by default. So you need to know how to enable it in order to connect to remote endpoints successfully. Follow these steps accordingly to enable Windows Remote Desktop.

  • Select the Start menu and then enter System. Press Enter when it shows up.

  • Select Advance System Settings.

  • Click on Remote tab on the top-right after System Properties shows up.

  • Select Allow remote connections to this computer.

  • Click Apply then click OK.

3. Once Remote Desktop is enabled on the computer you want to connect to, head back to Settings and choose the Power & sleep tab. Make sure to set the Sleep to Never on all of the sleep options provided. This will ensure that your computer is ready to be accessed even if someone is not using it or if it’s shut down. If your computer is set to sleep once it is shut off, you can’t connect to it remotely.

4. Once done, it’s time to focus on your local computer, or the device you’re going to use to access the remote computer. In the Remote Desktop Connection panel, type in the name of the remote PC or its IP address on the single fill-out bar beside Computer. Once entered, click Select. From here, you can now successfully connect to your remote endpoint.

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  • Released: 06/07/2019
  • Updated: 06/07/2019

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