Remote access to your Windows 10 computer

How to Start a Remote Desktop Connection

Once you have set up your computer and network to allow remote connections, you can begin the connection process. To do this:

  • On the device you will use to connect to the remote computer, open the “Remote Desktop” application. (If you don’t have this application, you can download it from the Microsoft store at;
  • Click on the “” button, which is in the upper right corner;
  • Select Desktop;

If you are trying to connect to a computer that is on a local network, enter the local IP address of that computer;

If you are trying to connect to the computer over the Internet, enter the computer’s public IP address;

If the remote computer uses a Microsoft account, enter that account’s login information;

If the remote computer uses a local account, enter your username and password to log in;

  • Once again, click on “Save” to add the connection to your list;
  • In the list of available connections, select the computer you want to connect to in order to start using the remote desktop;

If you’ve done everything correctly, after the above steps you will be connected to the remote computer via local network or Internet.

You can also click on the gear button in the upper right corner to access additional settings, as well as to start a new connection in full-screen mode, change the display size, and adjust the keyboard.

If you need to change the settings of any particular connection, right-click on the desired connection, and click on Edit.

Enable remote access via System Properties

As in previous versions of Windows, in the tenth version of this operating system, you can control access to the remote desktop through the system properties.

  • In order to use this method, you will need to open the System Properties window. the easiest way to do this is to press the Win R key, and then execute there the SystemPropertiesRemote command. Once you execute this command, this will open the System Properties window with the remote access settings.
  • In this window, check the “Allow remote connections to this computer” box, and click “Apply”. After that, the computer will be ready for remote desktop connections. Only the users that are the members of the “Administrators” group will be able to connect. In order to fix it, you should press the “Select users” button.
  • A window will open, where the “Add” button will be available, which can be used to add users to the list of those who can access the computer through the remote desktop. You should enter there your username or username, using the “Verify Names” button to check if you have entered it correctly.

Remote Desktop allows you to connect to and control your computer from another device using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client (available for Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS).

When you enable remote connections on your PC, you can use another device to access all of your files, applications, and network resources as if you were on your PC.

To use a remote desktop, the following requirements must be met:

How to EASILY Set Up Remote Desktop on Windows 10

  • The remote computer must be turned on.
  • Both devices must have a network connection.
  • Remote Desktop must be enabled on both devices.
  • The remote computer must have network access.
  • You must have permission to connect.

You must be on the user list to be allowed to connect. Also, before you start the connection, it is recommended that you look up the name of the computer you are connecting to and make sure that its firewall allows remote desktop connections.

How to set up RDP on Windows 10

The traditional PC usage scenario assumes that you walk up to your computer, sit in a chair, and physically make contact with the device. However, there is another option setting up Windows 10 RDP and using a remote connection. This method has a lot of advantages: no need to waste time to get to your workplace, you can perform tasks from a weak device on a more powerful computer or even ask a more competent person to connect and help you.

I wanted to get weird. Below tests RDP in several games

Trying to run Dota2 via RDP It’s quite possible to play Dota2 via the new RDP! In the video (near the end) there will be a disconnect due to a problem with the Ethernet cable. After I plugged the cable back in, the broadcast automatically resumed but as usual.Trying to run platformer Ori via RDP is playable. There is a slight lag compared to STEAM streaming, but RDP was never intended as a game streaming protocol! The most frustrating thing is that it was not possible to connect my Elite Xbox one controller. Unfortunately even RemoteFX doesn’t allow to do this. The controller just doesn’t show up in the list:

Unfortunately, there are problems with mouse sensitivity. A slight movement of the mouse causes the character to perform a “yula” pirouette. See video for details. I was told that, many shooters behave this way during an RDP session.

How to configure desktop remotely in Windows 10

In Win10 remote connection is also made through RDP protocol, by default, as before, port 3389 is used. RDP itself is already included by default in the operating system, the user just needs to enable Remote Desktop Connection (the executable file mstsc.exe located on the drive C:/Windows/System32) on the target computer.

It is also worth mentioning that you can use this functionality and interact with the computer on which the version of Windows 10 OS is installed:

  • Users with Windows 7 editions Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate;
  • Users with Windows XP of all editions except Home;
  • Users with Windows 8/8.1/10 editions of Pro and Enterprise.

By default, Remote Administrators and Remote Desktop Users can connect to a PC remotely on a Win10 system.To connect to a remote system running Windows 10, you need:

  • Disable the automatic switching to sleep mode, if it is active (go to “System Settings”, “System”, “Power and Sleep”, select “Never” in the “Sleep” section).
  • Configure the built-in firewall (by default, the system does not allow you to connect to a PC remotely).

To configure the firewall correctly, you need to:

  • Go to “Control Panel”, then to “Windows Firewall”;
  • Select “Allow interaction with an application or component in the Windows Defender Firewall;
  • Go to “Allowed programs” and click on “Change settings”;
  • Check the “Remote Windows Management” item.

After the previous steps it is necessary to activate remote desktop (go to “Settings”, “System”, “Remote desktop”, switch the slider to “On”).

Then configure the network discovery settings (you need to enable network discovery and access to printers and files by going to “Control Panel”, “Network and Sharing Center”, “Change advanced sharing settings”).

After all these manipulations it remains to allow remote access to the desktop of our computer for certain users. If you want to protect yourself from unnecessary risks, you will have to manually add certain people to the list of trusted persons who have the right to perform any manipulations on your PC.

To do this, you need to go to “Settings”, “System”, “Remote Desktop”, go to “User Accounts” and select those who will be allowed to access the system.

After this you can proceed to establish a connection between the two computers.

Step 1. Enter the command “mstsc” in the “Run” field without the quotes and press Enter.

Step 2. in the “Connect to Remote Desktop” window that appears, type in the IP address of the target PC (you can read about how to find out the IP address of the system in the section about connecting to Windows 7) and click “Connect”.

Step 3. Enter your username and password from your account to access your computer.

If you have done everything correctly, you will see a window where the system will ask you if you want to connect to a PC. Press “Yes”, after that you can start to manage your remote desktop.

Allow connection to remote desktop

By default in Windows operating system all remote desktop connections to your computer are prohibited. This is a kind of another level of protection for your computer. Here we look at how to configure Microsoft Remote Desktop. Therefore, the first thing you should do is allow remote connections to your computer.

  • Open Windows 10 Settings by pressing the WinI hot keys.
  • Go to the System Remote Desktop section.
  • Here, drag the Enable Remote Desktop slider to the On position.

The above option will only work on the latest versions of Windows 10 operating systems. For previous Windows operating systems, you will also have to allow connections to your remote desktop. This can be done in the following way:

  • Open the properties of your computer through the context menu, or by pressing WinPauseBreak.
  • Next, click on Remote Access Setup.
  • In the window that opens, select the Allow remote desktop connections to this computer and Allow remote connections to this computer check boxes.

Next, you need to allow remote access to the computer in the Windows firewall. And you can also consider how to disable the firewall in Windows 10. So, in order to allow data exchange with applications in the Windows Firewall, you need to:

  • Open the standard taskbar by running the control command in the WinR window.
  • Go to: System and Security Windows Defender Firewall (or open Start Settings Update and Security Windows Firewall and Network Protection).
  • Here you also need to select Allowed interaction with applications in the Windows Defender firewall (in this case select Allow to work with the application through the firewall).
  • In the window that will open, you will need to click on the Change Settings button and enable Windows Remote Control, in previous versions you must select Remote Desktop.

If you’re having trouble connecting, you may need to open remote desktop port 3389. This is already done in the settings of each router individually. In some cases you have to look for Port Forwarding, in my case it is Virtual Server. Let’s show the basic settings you need to configure when opening a port:

Service name You can use any name
Protocol TCP
Port range 3389 (you can specify from and to)
Local IP Use your local IPv4 address

To know your IP address, check this article how to find out your computer’s IP address. Here we need to know the local IP address, but to connect to a remote computer via the Internet we need to know the external IP address of the computer.

RDP Port

If the system that makes the RDP connection is behind a router, you may need to configure the port. To do this, connect to the router via web interface in the standard way (the address used for this purpose should be specified in the instruction manual of the equipment). Next, find the Port Forwarding section in the settings. You will need to add a rule with the following parameters:

  • the name can be arbitrary;
  • select TCP 3389 as the port;
  • Enter the IP from your PC;
  • Write down the local port also as 3389;
  • Choose TCP protocol from the list.
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After that it will be possible to connect remotely and work with a PC.

Why do you need remote desktop

Let’s say you have two computers. There is a technology that allows the user to sit at one of them, but still manage the other. Connecting to another device remotely gives a person full access to the settings and files on that device.

The process works like this: pairing is performed, and then the screen of the computer to be repaired is displayed on the monitor of the wizard dealing with the repair. The wizard can use the mouse and keyboard and perform all the same actions, as if he was sitting at the broken device, though he is actually at another computer.

A remote connection is useful when it is easier for the person to be in their own room, without having to go to a broken computer. It saves time and money that would be spent on traveling.

A remote connection is useful when one needs to work with a device that is located at a remote distance

What does it take to connect remotely

A remote connection can be implemented between the computers that are in the same local network or have a stable connection to the Internet. A local network exists between devices connected to the same Wi-Fi point, in most cases, to the same router. You can also create a local network using a network cable.

All editions of Windows 10 (except the Home edition) have a default utility that allows you to connect remotely without having to download any software. There are also several high-quality third-party applications that extend the capabilities of the standard utility.

You can connect to your computer desktop not only from another computer, but also from any other sufficiently powerful device: a MacBook (Apple laptop), a phone or a tablet.

Connecting to the remote desktop via the standard programs in Windows 10 Home is not possible. There are two ways out: install third-party operating system extensions (e.g. RDP Wrapper Library) or use additional programs (e.g. Team Viewer).