how to Enable Remote Desktop in windows 10


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How to enable remote connection on windows 10

Remote access to Windows via RDP has long been a standard feature. However, Remote Desktop in Windows 10 has changed in some respects. On the one hand there were improvements to the protocol and an updated app, on the other hand the configuration and use became more confusing.

As in previous versions, a PC must run the Pro or Enterprise editions in order to be able to establish a remote desktop connection to it. In contrast, the client is still part of all versions. So the home version supports the remote desktop client but no remote desktop connections can be made to windows 10 home version.

Allow remote desktop connection

By default, the remote desktop feature is deactivated, so that you first have to configure it on a computer to gain access. This can be done as usual via the control panel, under System and Security => System => Remote Settings

windows remote settings in system

If you activate the Allow remote connections to this computer option, the checkbox for authentication at the network level (NLA) is also automatically checked. This option should be deselected only if you want to remotely connect to the PC via an older version of Windows (XP, etc ) otherwise this option should always be checked for remote desktop in windows 10.

Since Windows 10’s 1709 updated, remote desktop in Windows 10 can be activated via the Settings app. The corresponding option can be found under System => Remote Desktop. Here, as in the control panel, you can also specify the permitted type of authentication as mentioned before.

remote desktop in settings app

The big disadvantage of the app settings is that you have to be logged in to the system as an administrative user to be able to do the task. The option Run as administrator does not exist for UWP (universal windows platform) applications.

Grant user rights

By default, all users who are administrators (local or in the domain) can establish a remote desktop connection to a computer after it has been activated. Should other users to benefit from this feature, then you have it in the local group Remote Desktop users to record.

Microsoft Windows user settings

The easiest way is by the same in the Remote Control Panel settings by clicking the user or the section User Account app settings will open the respective dialog. In work group environments, you should bear this in mind that the remote users need a local account on the host computer to be able to use remote desktop in windows 10.

Alternative methods

On PCs that are members of a domain, the remote desktop feature can be activated via group policies , the settings and the procedure for this are the same as under Windows 7 and 8.x. As an alternative, you can still switch on RDP access remotely via Power Shell.

If you manage computers via the browser-based Windows Admin Center (WAC), you can also use it to activate the Remote Desktop feature. This option is primarily suitable for servers. If you want to administer clients via the WAC, then they must run under Windows 10, older versions are not supported.

Use of the RDP client

If you would like to establish an RDP connection to a remote computer, you will usually use the desktop client. It is not so easy to find because it is not included in the start menu by default, not even under All apps.

using run to run remote desktop client

If you type "Remote Desktop" in the search field, there is a good chance that Windows will not deliver any results before the first call of the program. In this case, entering mstsc.exe under Run ( Win + R shortcut) menu helps. Then you can pin the program to the taskbar. But this issue has been fixed in later windows updates.

Microsoft provides its own remote desktop app for touch devices via the store. There was already one under Windows 8.x, and the app for Windows 10 loses some functions compared to this. This means that access to the client's local resources can no longer be configured.

windows 10 remote desktop app

Zoom function in remote desktop 10

Remote Desktop in Windows 10 App offers improved support for pen input, so that such a device is now equivalent to the keyboard and mouse, according to Microsoft. This option is interesting if you are connecting from a touch device to Windows 10 (or Windows Server 2016) and want to enter handwritten notes or drawings into the remote application.

The desktop client of Windows 10 brings further progress in terms of convenience on high-resolution monitors if you connect to older systems such as Windows 7 or Server 2008. If the remote session is displayed in a much lower resolution, fonts and icons appear very small on such screens.

In the context menu of the RDP client there is now a Zoom entry with which you can enlarge the remote application up to 300 percent. If you select a higher level here, the display quickly becomes blurred.


To sum up what we said here, there are many options to enable remote desktop in windows 10. first of all you should connect to a windows server or windows 10 professional or higher as windows 10 home edition doesn’t support Remote Desktop sessions (But you still can connect to other computers from a Windows 10 home edition). Then you should enable remote desktop connections on the remote desktop  client. After that you can run the remote desktop client on any windows computer and connect to the remote client. This can be either on your own network or other networks via port-forwarding on your router. The other way that you can use remote desktop in windows 10 is via the remote desktop app available in the app store. It has higher functionality for touch input and drawing with a stylus if you are using one. All in all using remote desktop in windows 10 is easy and you can do it in a matter of minutes.

Published by Blogger at 2020 July 04