Remote desktop connection is a default feature of Windows that allows users to connect other Windows-based computer virtually via internet or network. The user accessing the other computer through this feature will be able to access the desktop and each and every file and folder of that computer.

How To Connect Desktops Remotely

This feature has helped technical support team members and administrators to access data of different users without sitting physically in front of their computer. Furthermore, it saves the time and energy that was previously wasted in switching on and switching off every computer individually as all computers can be accessed on a single computer.

In order to make the most of this amazing feature, you will need to know the procedure of enabling this feature. Given below are some steps that you will need to implement on your computer, either running on Windows 7 or Windows 8, to turn on this feature.

Finding Remote Desktop Connection Settings

Before moving onto the steps of enabling the remote desktop connection, it is important to know from where to locate its settings. Following are different ways of accessing remote desktop settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8 and each of them works almost the same.

Method # 1: Via Control Panel

The first and foremost thing that you will need to do is to open ‘Control Panel’ of your system. From the control panel, find the icon of ‘System and Security’ and open it. When you will open it, there would be many options from which you will need to select ‘System’.

When you will select the system, it will take you to the next screen having different options related to the system management in the left-side panel. Among those options, there will be an option of ‘Remote Settings’.


Method # 2: Via Search Bar

Another method to easily locate the remote desktop connection settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is finding it through the search bar. Press the ‘Start Menu’ button, click in the search dialogue box and type ‘Remote Settings’ as mentioned in the given image. However, you will need to only click on the result that says “Allow remote access to your computer” and it will directly take you to the remote connection settings.


Method # 3: Via System Properties

One of the traditional methods of finding the remote desktop settings in Windows is through the ‘System Properties’. When you will open it, you will find numerous tabs on the top. From those tabs, you will need to go to ‘Remote’ tab.

This tab is mainly comprised of two options the first one is for ‘Remote Assistance’ and the other one is ‘Remote Desktop’. Since we are concerned with the second feature, we will have to make changes in it as shown in the given image.


As you can see in the above image, the two options “Allow remote connections to this computer” and “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication” are enabled and the first option i.e. “Don’t allow (remote) connections to this computer” is disabled. Any user who wants to enable the remote desktop connection has to make the same selection first. Else, the user will not be able to connect another computer virtually.

Enabling Remote Desktop Connections:

Step # 1:

Once you have selected the options as mentioned above, now you will need to proceed to enable this option. To enable this option, you will need to click on the ‘Select Users’ button given beneath the options, highlighted in the following image.

Step # 2:

When you will click ‘Select Users’ button, a dialogue box will pop up on your screen with the options to add or remove users. Since you are connecting for the first time, you probably have the dialogue box with no users in it. Therefore, you will need to click ‘Add’ button to add users.


Step # 3:

Clicking ‘Add’ button will take you to the next dialogue where you will need to enter the id of remote desktop user. However, the account of desktop user should be of Microsoft (.hotmail or .live) as displayed in the following image.


Step # 4:

Once you have entered the valid Microsoft account id of the remote desktop, you will need to click ‘OK’ which will take you back to the ‘Remote Desktop Users’ window.


Since the user is now been added to remote user list with login credentials, he can now easily connect the PC and access desktop and other files via your computer.

Bottom Line:

Implementing the above steps will allow you to connect and access any computer you want. However, make sure that you have implemented these steps on the computer you want to access and not on the computer from which you want to get access.