With Remote Desktop Connection, you can connect to a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows that’s connected to the same network or the Internet. You can use all of your work computer’s programs, files, and network resources from your home computer, and it’s just like you’re sitting in front of your computer at work.
To connect to a remote computer, that computer must be turned on, it must have a network connection, Remote Desktop must be enabled, you must have network access to the remote computer (this could be through the Internet), and you must have permission to connect. For permission to connect, you must be on the list of users. Before you start a connection, it’s a good idea to look up the name of the computer you’re connecting to and to make sure Remote Desktop connections are allowed through its firewall.
You’ll need to add a password before you’re allowed to start a connection with a remote computer if your user account doesn’t require a password to sign in.
How to allow remote connections on the computer you want to connect to?
You can’t connect to a computer that’s asleep or hibernating, so make sure the settings for sleep and hibernation on the remote computer are set to Never. If you’re an administrator on the computer, your current user account will automatically be added to the list of remote users, and you can skip the next two steps.
How to look up the computer name of the remote computer?
On the remote computer, open System by clicking the Start button Start button icon, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties. Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, you can find your computer name, and its full computer name if your computer is on a domain.
How to set a password for your user account?
Your user account must have a password before you can use Remote Desktop to connect to another computer. Click Start and select Control Panel. Double-click User Accounts. Select Change your Windows Password under User Accounts. Click Create a password for your account and follow the instructions on the screen.
How to start Remote Desktop on the computer you want to work from?
In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect.
If you’re having trouble connecting, Remote Desktop connections might be getting blocked by the firewall. On the remote computer, click Start and select Control Panel. Click Change settings and then check the box next to Remote Desktop.