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How To Use Remote Desktop On A Windows 10 PC

Ordinarily IT Support Businesses Would Recommend Disabling Remote Desktop (RDP) But It Has Many Benefits For Businesses And In-Home Users, We Show You?How To Use Remote Desktop On A Windows 10 PC

Remote Desktop is a utility built into Windows that allows you connect to either a remote machine or another machine within a local network. Connecting to customers computers can be advantageous as it isn’t always practical for our customers either from in-home users or small businesses. Remote Desktop is a utility available to Windows users providing the feature is active, we can then connect and fix your computer.

Remote Desktop is also used to connect to Cloud services such as Azure to allow remotely using a desktop either to continue working or specialist projects. There has to be a host and a guest, in RDP terms the host is the computer you are connecting to and the guest is your computer. RPD is also available for the Mac but only allowing the ability to connect to a Windows host.

How To Enable Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop will not work if the functionality is not enabled on both computers, you will also need an Internet connection to connect remotely (outside your local network) or a local area network if you are just connecting in your office / home.

Enabling Remote Desktop

To enable you will need to right click the start menu and select System

From the left menu then select Remote Desktop

Now select the switch that will turn on Remote Desktop

Now you will be given the confirmation prompt, select confirm to save your choice

Now Remote Desktop should be enabled and ready for you to connect to.

Connecting To Another Computer

Now you need to make sure Remote Desktop application is installed, to do that we need to go to the Windows store and install the app.

Once you have installed the application it is time to connect. Open the application select add, from there choose Desktop and type the IP address or Host Name of the computer you wish to add

Click save once entered and you can now click on the Desktop item to start the saved entry.

Once connected you will see a window showing the desktop of the Host computer. You can interact as though you were in the same room and open the programs as well as access the files. If you are connecting to a remote computer then if there is someone sat at the remote machine they will see what you are doing so always make them aware if what Is taking place. Once you disconnect it will lock the remote computer requesting the user to login again.

Is Remote Desktop Safe?

We are often asked by our clients if RDP is safe and if you do not put adequate protection in place then the answer would be no! Unfortunately there are lots of unscrupulous people out there that run constant scans and as RDP runs on port 3389 I would advise to start by changing the port.

How Do I Change The Default RDP Port?

  1. Start Registry Editor.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
  3. On the Editmenu, click Modify, and then click Decimal.
  4. Type the new port number, and then click OK.
  5. Quit Registry Editor.
  6. Restart the computer.

Note:?When you try to connect to this computer by using the Remote Desktop connection, you must type the new port. Maybe you have to set the firewall to allow the new port number before you connect to this computer by using the Remote Desktop connection.

We hope you enjoyed our tutorial, if you have any trouble connecting or need any additional support with any aspects of your IT services we can help. HTSI are local to Harrogate but can help with any computer issues you are experiencing. Call us on 01423 423068 (leave a message for a callback) or complete our Online Form as below.






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