How to Use Remote Desktop to Connect to a Windows 10 PC

How to use remote desktop to connect to a windows 10 pc is the most windows user problems.  The Use of Remote Desktop Connections App in Windows 10 is relatively straightforward. It has some extra steps, which may seem like a long process, but it’s a simple and short procedure to enable Remote Desktop Connection.

Remote Desktop Windows 10
Remote Desktop Windows 10

The Basics

The Remote Desktop Connection feature provided in Windows operating system is fascinating. With the feature, you can connect the computers using the same LAN connection or have a Public IP address. You can connect and control the computers of your friends and vice versa. For some people, Remote Desktops are also known as Remote Desktop Protocol. Microsoft develops the protocol to connect to another computer with a Graphical User Interface. There is two most important component on the RDP Protocol. That is the client side and the server side. The client side used to connect to another computer. In contrast, the server side is the computer which will be remote. Client-side is varied from Windows, Android, Linux, MacOS, iOS, and other Operating System. In other words, you can remote control your Windows 10 PC / Computers using different devices such as Macbook, iOS or even Android Mobile Phone.

Prerequisites

Before you can use the Remote Desktop Connections, there is some step you have to do. Do this prerequisite on the target remote machine. Below are some prerequisites you have to do.

Allow the Remote Access on the computer which will be remote

The first step to prepare a remote desktop connection is changing the remote desktop allowance settings. Allow the Remote Access is required because of the default settings of RDP is disabled for security reasons. So you have to change the settings to Allow the Remote Access. Follow the steps below to allow a remote desktop connection:

  • Press Windows + R command on the keyboard. You can also use Search Box Windows.
  • Type Control Panel on the box and press Enter.

    Run Box
    Run Box
  • On the Control Panel Windows Click on System and Security.

    System and Security
    System and Security
  • Go to System Menu, and click on Allow remote access.

    Allow Remote Access Settings
    Allow Remote Access Settings
  • There is a pop-up window, click on the remote tab.
  • On the remote desktop section, tick on Allow Remote Connection to this computer.

    Change Remote Desktop Settings
    Change Remote Desktop Settings

Get the target IP Adress / Computer Name

The second Prerequisites is the Local IP Adress  (LAN) or Public IP Address (Internet) or Computer Name. The target IP Address or computer name is needed in the protocol. If you are on the Local Area Network find the local IP Adress or computer name of your target computer. If you use the internet to use remote desktop, you have to get the Public IP Address of your target computer. Or you can use the Virtual Private Network to connect to your remote network and use the Local IP Address. Follow the steps below to get the IP Address of your target remote computers.

  • Press Windows + R command on the keyboard. You can also use Search Box Windows.
  • Type cmd on the box and press Enter.

    cmd command
    cmd command
  • There will pop up command prompt windows.
  • Type ipconfig on the command prompt and press Enter.

    ipconfig command
    ipconfig command
  • Your IP Address is on the Ethernet Adapter, and on the IPV4 Address info. Type it on a notepad or any other text editor to remember.

    IP Address
    IP Address

Target Credentials consist of Username and Password.

Target credentials are the most important things in remote desktop. Because if you don’t have the credentials it means you don’t have access to the target computers. If you have access to the remote target, follow the steps below to get the username.

  • Press Windows + R command on the keyboard. You can also use Search Box Windows.
  • Type Control Panel on the box and press Enter.
  • On the Control Panel Menu click on User Accounts.

    User Accounts
    User Accounts
  • Then click on Add or remove user accounts.
  • There is a list of Windows users, make sure you have one of the credentials. Remember the username and passwords of your credentials.

    User Lists
    User Lists

How to Use Remote Desktop to Connect to a Windows 10 pc

After you do the prerequisites, it’s time to connect to the target computer. You can do this on the Local Area Network even more over the internet. You can do this remote desktop connection using a various device such as windows pc, laptop or even Android device. Below is the step by step tutorial on how to use remote desktop to connect to a windows 10 pc.

  1. Open the Remote Desktop App using the Search Menu, and type Remote Desktop Connection.

    Open Remote Desktop Connection
    Open Remote Desktop Connection
  2. You can also open the remote desktop connection by Click the Start Menu, scroll down to Windows Accessories, and Click on Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. The third method to open Remote Desktop is by press Windows + R, type mstsc and press enter.
  4. In the Remote Desktop Connection app window, add the IP Address of the computer to which you want to connect. Enter the IP address and click on “Connect”. Use the IP Address on the prerequisites step above.
  5. Now, you’ll be asked to enter the desired Username and Password to initiate the connection with another computer. Enter the details and Proceed further.
  6. In the process, if you see any Popup windows with Security Certificate error, click on “Connect Anyway”.
  7. Now, you’re connected to target computer via Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10.

How to Disconnect Remote Desktop Connection

If you’ve done your work with another computer, then you can quickly turn off the connection between computers. To do this, just click on the “close” windows button or the Red button with “X” on top right side of the “Remote Desktop Connection” app window. Your connection to the computers will get disconnected immediately.

Additional Tips

  • Disable Sleep Mode on computers:-

Before starting a remote connection, you should disable the Sleep mode of the computer. To do this, you can go through Control Panel -> Hardware and Sounds -> Power Options and click on the Change Plan Settings, which is next to your selected power plan. Now, change the “Put the computer to sleep” to Never and click on “Save”. You’ve to do this procedure on all the computers you want to connect.

  • Keep alternatives ready:-

If you are a newbie in these things, then you should use another Remote Desktop Connection app as an alternative. If anything goes wrong with “Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10”, then you can use alternative software to complete your work. One such popular software is “TeamViewer”

Conclusion

So, it’s a wrap-up time in this tutorial on How to use Remote Desktop Connection app in Windows 10. The feature is available in all versions of Windows, which can provide you full access to other computers.