How to Set up/Access Remote Desktop connection in Windows 7/8

Posted by Britt Duncan - May 29, 2014

It is quite handy for you to use Remote Desktop to access another computer when you are away from it. Like, you wish to make use of the spare time to download a bulky video while you are off to work. Make sure both the host PC and the one to be controlled are powering on during the remote session. This tutorial will walk you through all necessary steps to set up and use Remote Desktop in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Steps to set up Remote Desktop connection

Step 1: Right click on Computer or My Computer icon, where you will be able to see the Properties option from the drop-down submenu. Click it to proceed.

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Step 2: A new window under Control Panel configuration section will pop up, click Remote settings on the left side panel. Afterwards, the System properties dialogue will show up, make sure you tick the checkbox before Allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer under Remote Assistance column. Also, at the Remote Desktop column, mark the second option labeled Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop. Next, click Select Users button on the right bottom to continue.

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Step 3: At the Remote Desktop Users dialogue, click Add… to trigger more settings option. At the new popping up windows, you may find an Advanced… Link on the left bottom, click it to go to next step.

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Step 4: There will be a number of users available, on the right side, a Find Now button is listed. Hit it to find and locate the users that you want to authorize the remote access. Click OK in each dialogue boxes to exit when you finish. Thus, you have completed the preparation of the Remote Desktop.

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Steps to Access Remote Desktop connection

Step 1: For Windows 7 users, click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection respectively.

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For users running on Windows 8, click win + F keys together to bring up search box, type remote desktop in the search field and select Remote Desktop from the search results on the left.

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Step 2: When the Remote Desktop Connection dialogue box shows up, enter the full name and IP address of the PC you want to take control of and hit Connect.

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Step 3: There it is! You are now seeing the log-in screen of the desired computer, just input the username and passwords to gain the access.

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