The remote desktop feature in Windows allows you to control your computer from another office or from home. Remote Desktop allows you to use the applications on your office computer, and access your data without being in your office.

There is a risk that technologies that allow you to access your desktop may be exploited by others. Be careful to properly secure your desktop to minimize this risk.

Note: You will need to install the Virtual Private Network applications (VPN) on your home computer before you can use Remote Desktop.

Configuring/using remote desktop


Remote desktop connection in Windows 7

  1. Set up your work computer to allow you access. You do this from the Control Panel by selecting “Allow remote access” from the System category.contol panel
  2. In the System Properties window select "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop".
    AllowRemoteAccess
  3. Click on “Select Users”, and add your userid. Note: you need to be administrator to do this.remote desktop users window

Remote desktop connection steps

The remote computer must be powered on.

  1. Click on the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click on Remote Desktop Connection. Or just search for Remote Connection.
  2. In Computer window, type the computer name for your office computer. If you don't know your computer name, you will need to find out at work On your office computer, double-click on the System icon in Control Panel, then click on the Computer Name tab. You will see an entry for Full Computer Name.
  3. Click Connect.
  4. The Log on to Windows dialog box appears. Type in your user name, password and domain. The Remote Desktop window will open and you are now using your computer at work. Your office computer will remain locked, and no one will be able to see the work you are doing on your office computer.

Remote desktop connection in Windows 8

  1. To access a Windows 8 PC remotely, you must first configure it to accept remote connections. To do so, use Start Search and search for remote. Then, in the Settings results list, find the item titled Allow remote access to your computer.
    settings results list
  2. This will launch the System Properties control panel in the Remote tab. Select Allow remote connections to this computer.          
    AllowRemoteConnection
  3. If you will be using the same sign-in account on both PCs, you’re done. Otherwise, click Select Users and add the user account you intend to use.user settings
    1. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.
    2. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:
      1. To specify the search location, click Locations.
      2. To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.
      3. In the Enter the object names to select box, type the user name that you want to search for, and then click Check Names. If the user name isn't found, click Advanced to run an advanced search.
    3. When you find the correct name, click OK. The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.
    4. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Remote desktop connection steps

  1. The remote computer must be powered on. Search for "remote" in the Start screen and select "Remote desktop connection" under the "Apps" area.search box
  2. Type in the address for the computer you want to connect to on your network where it says "Computer." Click "Connect" to begin connecting to the remote desktop.
     
    1. If you would like to set options for your connection, before clicking "Connect", select "show options" in the Remote Desktop Connection screen.
      show options button
      • Select the "Display" tab to set the color quality that you want.display tab
      • Select "Local resources" to set your audio settings, as well as the local devices you want access to.
        local resources tab
      • Select the "Experience" tab to set the quality you want in the connection. Connect button
  3. As the connection is made, you’ll be prompted to sign-in with the account password. You can choose whether to remember the credentials, which means you won’t need to enter this information in the future.
    Log in screen
    This one time, you will also see a dialog warning that RDC cannot find a trusted certificate for the remote PC. Select “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and then click OK.Trusted certificate page
  4. The connection is completed and the remote PC will appear (either full-screen or in a window, depending on how you configured it), and you’ll be signed in to that machine.Remote PC window

Remote desktop in Windows 10

  1. To access a Windows 10 PC remotely, you must first configure it to accept remote connections. To do so, use Start Search and search for allow remote. Allow remote access
  2. Select the item titled Allow remote access to your computerNote: you need to be administrator to do this.
  3. This will launch the System Properties control panel in the Remote tab. Select Allow connections to this computer.    
    AllowRemoteAccess
  4. If you will be using the same sign-in account on both PCs, you’re done. Otherwise, click Select Users and add the user account you intend to use.Select Users
    1. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.
    2. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:
      1. To specify the search location, click Locations.
      2. To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.
      3. In the Enter the object names to select box, type the user name that you want to search for, and then click Check Names. If the user name isn't found, click Advanced to run an advanced search.
    3. When you find the correct name, click OK. The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.
    4. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Remote desktop connection steps

  1. The remote computer must be powered on. Search for "remote" in the Start screen and select "Remote desktop connection" under the "Apps" area.Remote desktop connection
  2. Type in the address for the computer you want to connect to on your network where it says "Computer." Click "Connect" to begin connecting to the remote desktop.
    1. If you would like to set options for your connection, before clicking "Connect", select "show options" in the Remote Desktop Connection screen.
      show options button
      • Select the "Display" tab to set the color quality that you want.display tab
      • Select "Local resources" to set your audio settings, as well as the local devices you want access to.
        local resources tab
      • Select the "Experience" tab to set the quality you want in the connection. Connect button
  3. As the connection is made, you’ll be prompted to sign-in with the account password. You can choose whether to remember the credentials, which means you won’t need to enter this information in the future.
    Log in screen
    This one time, you will also see a dialog warning that RDC cannot find a trusted certificate for the remote PC. Select “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and then click OK.Trusted certificate page
  4. The connection is completed and the remote PC will appear (either full-screen or in a window, depending on how you configured it), and you’ll be signed in to that machine.Remote PC window