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How to Enable and Setup Remote Desktop in Windows 10

Who says that you need to be at home or at work to control their respective computer systems? Those hurdles became history long time ago, thanks to Remote Desktop Connection feature. Once you setup your computer to receive Remote Desktop Connection requests you can control it from almost any other system out there in the world.

A lot has already been written about how one can setup this awesome feature in Windows versions launched till date, but not much has been written about how to set it up the latest windows 10 OS.

So we decided to set this thing up on our system running Windows 10 Technical Preview. Given below are the steps that you need to take to control it remotely from another system:


Before you can control your system remotely, you will have to complete 3 prerequisite tasks. These tasks are:

  • Allowing remote connection requests on the computer
  • Making connection private
  • Finding the IP address of computer

Let’s see how you can complete each of them.

Allowing remote connection requests

  • First of all, right-click the Start button and select System from the menu that pops up.

select system

  • Now in System dialog box, click on the Remote Settings option  in the right pane (highlighted below) and in next dialog box enable“Allow remote connections to this computer” option.

remote settings

  • If you’ll be connecting to this computer from a system that’s running any version of Windows older than Windows 7 then do not check the checkbox given below this option (highlighted below in yellow color), otherwise ,check it. This option will enable Network Level Authentication for your remote connection, which is more secure than a normal connection, but its support is unavailable in versions of Windows that were launched before Windows 7.
  • Now click the OK button to save your settings. You can close the System window now.

Making connection private

The next thing that you need to do is make your connection Private. To do so follow the steps given below:

  • There should be a small Network icon in your computer’s Taskbar notification area. Right-click it and select the option “Open Network and Sharing Center.”

network icon

  • Now you’ll see a new window like the one shown below. If it’s showing “Public Connection” as shown in the screenshot below then we need to make it private. If it’s already showing Private Connection, you’re good to go. To make your connection private, click the Homegroup link highlighted by the arrow:

network and sharing center

  • In Homegroup dialog box, click “Change network location” option.

changing network location

  • On next screen, click “Yes” button.

click yes

  • You won’t be creating or joining a Homegroup connection. This whole process is only for making your remote desktop connection private. So in the window that opens after clicking “yes” button you can click the “Close” button instantly.

click close

And now your Network will be set to Private, as shown below:

connection private

Now your PC is set to receive remote connection requests.

Finding the IP address

Finally, you need to have your computer’s IP address to initiate a remote connection. To find it out follow the steps outlined below:

  • A command prompt window will launch now. In this window type ipconfig  and hit enter.
  • Hit Win+R on your keyboard, type cmd in the search bar and hit Enter.
  • This will show you the network configuration of your computer. Note down the IPv4 address from this information in another place as you’ll need this to establish a remote connection to this computer.

locating ip

Now let’s get down to the business.

Establishing Remote Desktop Connection

  • On your client computer (from which you’ll be controlling your system) hit the Start button and type “Remote Desktop Connection” in the search bar. Alternatively, hit Win+R keys on your keyboard, type mstsc in the Run dialog box and hit enter.

launching remote desktop connection wizard

  • A Remote Desktop Connection dialog box will pop up now. In this box type your computer’s IP address (the one that you noted down in pre-requisites) in text box and click Connect.

type ip

  • If your Windows 10 machine is password protected, you may be asked to enter the password for your Windows account. Enter the login information of your user account and hit the “OK” button.

enter login credentials

  • When you connect for the first time, Windows Firewall may give you a warning like the one shown below. Ignore it and click on the “Yes” button to establish the connection.

certificate warning

And bam! Your Windows 10 computer screen will load on your client computer! This is how you Enable and Setup Remote Desktop in Windows 10.

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  • pollik

    Doesn’t work in Win 10 Home