How to enable Remote Desktop Connection Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, 2012

About Remote Desktop Connection

Remote desktop connection is the inbuilt feature and service in Windows operating system. Remote desktop connection or RDP connect and access destination computer over local network or internet. Bye connecting other computer you will get the full control (programs and application) of that computer same as you sitting in front of that computer. This feature included in all Windows operating system windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows server 2003, Windows server 2008 and Windows server 2012.

How to enable Remote Desktop Connect Windows 7

Note: – Same steps will be applicable for Windows 8, Windows server 2008 and Windows server 2012

  1. Find my computer on the desktop OR
  2. Go to Start
  3. Computer > right click > properties
  4. Remote Settings (prompt for admin ID credential if you running under normal user rights)
  5. Another option to reach here is go to control panel > system > Remote setting
  6. Under Remote Desktop section you find the 3 option detail as below
  • By default option Selected “Don’t allow connections to this computer” this option will prevent anyone from connecting to your computer by using Remote Desktop or any Remote App from anywhere.
  • Select “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop””This option will allow all users to connect this computer or server using any version of Remote Desktop or Remote App. A normal scenario and multi OS environment (Windows XP) this is a good choice. It is less secure compared with the third option, but you have good OS and network security in place you don’t have to worry.
  • Select “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication” This option is more secure and only allows client computers which support and running versions of Remote Desktop or Remote App with Network Level Authentication. Windows 7 and above Windows OS are supported Remote Desktop client with Network Level Authentication.

How to enable Remote Desktop Connection Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, 2012

  1. Select b or c option as preferable for you and click on Apply and OK
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How to take or connect Remote Desktop connection via RDP client

Remote desktop connection allows two sessions by default means at a time 2 client can be connected same destination server at a time. In a server operating system one additional admin or console session allowed for administrator. Remote desktop connection allows to map client local resources (printer, local drive, ports, plug and play device) to the destination computer and servers. This option will simplify data transfer and copy paste operation.

  1. Go to start
  2. Run
  3. Type > MSTSC > OK
  4. Another option to open RDC connection prompt, go to Start> All programs > Accessories > Remote desktop connection.
  5. Open RDP client windows type the IP address of which served to be connect and click on connect.
  6. Next, enter the username and password of the computer. And it will load the computer desktop.
  7. For admin or console session, Windows 2003 allow “mstsc /admin” switch and windows 2008 onwards “mstsc /console”
  8. Map local resources before connecting, click on Option > local resource tab> Local resources section > more > drives and plug and play devices.
How to enable Remote Desktop Connection Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, 2012  How to enable Remote Desktop Connection Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, 2012  How to enable Remote Desktop Connection Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, 2012
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    Thanks for the tutorial dude!

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    Nice step-by-step guide to setup remote desktop connection. This is really helpful for beginners…. Thanks.

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