How to enable and use remote desktop for windows 10

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How to Enable and Use Remote Desktop for Windows 10

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has been a feature of Windows since the XP Pro days. Here's a look at using it in Windows 10 with the Remote Desktop app.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has been a feature of Windows since the XP Pro days. It makes it easy to connect from one PC or device to another to retrieve files or provide PC support.

There are several free utilities out there that will get you set up with a remote connection. Some that come to mind are services such as join.me, TeamViewer, and Chrome Remote Desktop and are especially handy when connecting between different platforms. But if you're in a pure Windows environments, here's a look at how to enable the built-in RDP utility in Windows 10 which will allow you to connect to your Windows box remotely.

Enable Remote Desktop for Windows 10 Pro

The Remote Desktop or RDP feature is disabled by default so you will need to enable it in the settings. There are several ways to do this, let's review the easiest.

1. Open Settings

2. Click System > Remote Desktop

1. Click the toggle Enable Remote Desktop

2. Click Confirm when promoted.

Expert Note: You can also enable Remote Desktop using the System Properties. Press the Windows Key and Type: advanced system. Click View advanced system settings.

Click the Remote tab and select Allow remote connections to this computer. Keep the box checked for Network Level Authentication for better security. Also, note that you will need to enable incoming remote connections on the PC you're connecting.

Remote Into Your PC

You have a couple of choices when it comes to how you remotely connect to the other computer. You can use the traditional desktop app or the Remote Desktop universal app. For this, I'm connecting to my Windows Home Server on my home network. I'm also going to use the app that you can install from the Store. It's more versatile and can be used on mobile platforms including iOS and Android.

Tip: If you have a lot of PCs and devices on your home network, a useful free utility to use is Advanced IP Scanner.

Launch the app and type a name for the PC or device, its hostname or IP address, and select Connect.

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