Accessing computers remotely is so convenient for your proactive life. Thanks to the Remote Desktop Protocol by Microsoft, you could be traveling on a train, and would easily connect to your Windows PC (which is collecting dust at your home).
Enabling remote desktop in Windows 10 lets you access your PC from any location. This unique feature in Windows PCs makes remote desktop connections easier and safer.
With a steady internet connection or access to a secure local area network, accessing Windows computers remotely is not a challenge. So, let’s find out more on the Windows 10 Remote Desktop feature and learn the simple steps to enable remote desktop on Windows 10 PCs.
Why Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10?
First of all, the remote desktop connection is not something new for Windows users. If you didn’t know, Microsoft introduced this feature with the Windows XP version, and it has been in every successive version of the operating system.
It’s good to have a remote desktop connection to your computer. You’ll love a technology that lets you sit in a different location and connect to your Windows PC remotely from another device.
With the Remote Desktop enabled on your Windows 10 computer, you can…
- be at your home and use this feature to check files on your work PC from your home desktop
- leave your computer with downloads, installations and other processes running in the background, and easily view their status
- keep an eye on your computer to see who’s trying to access it without your permission
- delete files remotely without even turning your PC on, and no one will ever know
In an enterprise setting, remote desktop connections find great applications. IT companies can enable their computers with the Remote Desktop feature to individually monitor the work progress of their employees.
Remote Desktop app vs. Remote Desktop Connection – the Difference
For such benefits, you’d surely enable remote desktop on your Windows 10 at once. Most of us, however, don’t know that there are two different ways to enable the remote computer access.
You can create a remote desktop connection among all your Windows devices and computers. You can also install the Remote Desktop app and connect to your with a virtual mobile app. Here’s the difference.
|Remote Desktop Connection (utility)||Remote Desktop App|
|built-in, pre-installed tool on Windows computers||need to download from Windows/Microsoft Store|
|basic UI||better interface|
|easy to tweak the connection features (speed, endpoint access, etc.)||connection speed and other features can’t be adjusted|
|need to manually set up a remote connection every time||automatically connects to the remote computer|
|standard image quality||high-resolution imaging|
|doesn’t save previous remote connections||faster access with saved remote connections|
|no option to connect to other remote resources||connects quickly to Azure RemoteApp|
|pairs up with only Windows 10 PCs||compatible with all platforms – Android, iPhone, Mac, etc.|
The app is good enough to replace the utility. But, to meet the professional needs of remote desktop connections, the utility is way more practical and secure.
Also, the app can be a bit unsafe than the utility. In your hindsight, someone can access the Remote Desktop app on your phone and steal/remove files from your Windows 10 PC.
Nonetheless, both go hand-in-hand when it comes to setting up a remote desktop connection on Windows devices.
How to Setup Remote Desktop Windows 10 in Easy Steps
Now, let’s walk you through the process of setting up a remote desktop connection in Windows 10. The steps are simple to follow and you won’t need any tech assistance.
To enable remote desktop on Windows 10,
- Type “Control Panel” in the Cortana search box, and click on Control Panel
- Enter the following text “allow remote access to your computer” in the control panel search field
- Click on the link “Allow remote access to your computer”
- A System Properties windows is opened
- Here, in the Remote tab, you’ll have to check the box for – Allow Remote Assistance to this computer under the Remote Assistance section
- Also, enable the option – Allow remote connections to this computer
- Put a tick for the box against – Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)
- Click on Apply and OK to save changes
Now, you can choose from various options to set up the remote connection. Preferably, you should use the Remote Desktop app.
To connect with the Remote Desktop app,
- Connect your PC’s Windows Home Server to a home network
- Install the app from Windows Store on your remote device (PC/mobile phone/tablet)
- Launch the app and type a name for your device
- Set a hostname (IP address) and hit ‘Connect’
- Key in the username and password to connect
- Check the box – Remember my credentials
- Click on ‘Go ahead and Connect’ to proceed
- If you get a verification prompt, click on ‘Connect anyway’
Now, you’ve successfully connected your Windows 10 to the remote device. Setting up remote desktop on Windows 10 for web clients and other users is a lot easy with this method.
Having Problems with Remote Desktop on Windows 10?
With a frequent use of this feature, you may face a few problems. Generally, the Remote Desktop Protocol interferes with your Windows Firewall settings. As a result, you’re not able to set up an established and secure remote connection.
To fix this,
- Open Control Panel (Search for “Control Panel” in Cortana search)
- Navigate to System and Security > Windows Firewall > Allowed apps
- Temporarily disable a third-party app (antivirus) by un-checking it
- Or, select it and click on ‘Remove’
- Click on OK to save the changes
You can resume to the remote desktop connection and won’t face disconnection any longer.
Other problems with the Windows 10 Remote Desktop Connection utility revolve around misconfigurations. To troubleshoot them, make sure you put the correct IP address, hostname and username on your Remote Desktop app.
Windows 10 Remote Desktop Connection – The Downside
In its entirety, remote desktop connection gives a cool advantage to Windows 10 and its users. At the same time, the feature comes with a major pitfall.
The Remote Desktop Protocol on Windows computer has now become a critical vulnerability. According to recent news, hackers can abuse these connections and exploit the endpoints. It can cost a loss worth millions of dollars for large MNCs and IT enterprises.
Leading security agencies are partnering with Microsoft to fix loopholes in the Remote Desktop Protocol and build a robust defense against such threats.
Stay tuned for more developments on Windows 10 remote desktop connections.