Remote Desktop in Windows
In different circumstances, whether you are on a business trip or on vacation, it may be necessary to use and manage the home or office computer, either to access stored information or to run any program installed on it, for example.
In these cases and although there are different alternatives when it comes to controlling your PC remotely, knowing how to create a remote desktop connection in Windows can always get you out of any predicament.
For this reason, in this article we teach you how to enable, create and configure a remote connection between two computers, noting that through this type of connection you can use and completely manage a computer from another location over the Internet.
It should be noted that this function was formerly called Terminal Services, but is now part of the operating system.
Also, the Remote Desktop function allows you to view the screen of the connected computer, either as a small window on the desktop or full screen, allowing you to view the desktop of the other computer as if you were in front of that computer.
In addition, thanks to this function you can use any program, application, file and resources of the remotely connected equipment.
Requirements for Using the Remote Desktop
- In order to be able to use the Remote Desktop function and connect two computers, a functional network connection must exist.
- The Remote Desktop function must be enabled on both computers.
- The equipment you use to connect remotely must have the necessary permissions. To do this, you must appear in the list of users, unless you are the Administrator.
- The equipment that receives the connection must be turned on, it is not valid if it is in Suspension or Hibernation. Therefore, it is necessary to configure the Power Options in the Control Panel to prevent the computer from automatically entering these states.
Configuration of equipment
In order to use the Remote Desktop function it is necessary to make a previous configuration on the computer that will receive the connection.
In order to configure this equipment, you can follow the steps below:
- Go to the My Computer icon, right click on this icon and select the Properties option.
- Then go to the Remote Access Settings tab.
- Check the box corresponding to Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer in the Remote Assistance section.
- In the Remote Desktop area, select the Allow remote connections to this computer option.
- Finally click the OK button.
Another thing to consider when creating a remote Desktop connection in Windows is that the computer you are connecting to must have a password to allow server authentication.
If your computer doesn’t have a password set, you can go to the Control Panel, then go to the User Accounts, and select the Create a password for your account option.
Establish a connection to Remote Desktop
When you have correctly configured the computer that will receive the remote connection, you can proceed from a different computer to connect to the previous computer.
A faster way to access this tool is to type ‘mstsc’ in the Start box and then press the Enter key. Although you’ll use these types of connections on a regular basis, it’s also a good idea to create a shortcut on the desktop to make the task easier.
In the new window, you can see a text field in which you can type the name of the computer you want to connect to, or you can choose it from the drop-down list, if one is available.
The name of the computer you want to connect to can be obtained from the System window, although it is also possible to use the IP address corresponding to the computer.
Before connecting remotely, you can click on the Options button, so that you can make the changes you consider necessary in the tabs Screen, Local Resources, Programs, Experience and Options.
To save your settings for future connections, you can click the General tab and then click the Save option.
Finally, you can select the Connect option, where you will have to enter a user name and the password that corresponds to it.
Improve Remote Desktop Performance
The quality of the remote Desktop connection will depend on the speed and bandwidth of the Internet connection you use.
In cases where you must use a slow connection, it is preferable to modify some values in the Configuration, reducing the resources that are not entirely necessary, such as Visual Effects, for example.
For this setting, open Remote Desktop Connection. Then click Options and select the Performance option.
Then you can choose the right type of connection; if you’re not sure, you can try different speeds until you find the one that best suits your needs.
You can also enable or disable the Visual Effects checkboxes, as well as Persistent Bitmap Caching, which can be alternatives when it comes to improving connection speed.
When connecting to Remote Desktop, Windows Firewall may restrict communication between the two computers. To configure it you can open the Windows Firewall and in the left panel select the option Allow a program or a feature through Windows Firewall.
At this point, click Change Settings, and then go to Programs and Allowed Features to check the Remote Desktop box, in addition to those located in the type of connection to use.