Connecting to a remote desktop in different versions of Windows

Keep in mind. This article is about how to connect to a remote desktop using the standard tools of the Windows operating system of different versions. However, it is possible to achieve the same using special software from third-party developers. There is a separate article on our site with a selection of these applications.

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Windows 11

To access the remote desktop in Windows 11, you must first activate the corresponding option on the destination computer, and then perform a series of actions to establish the connection.

Also Read: Using RDP Clients on a Linux Kernel Based Operating System

Step 1: Grant access to the connection

The first step is to change the access settings of the target computer to allow its remote management. To do this, you will need to do the following:

  1. Open the system preferences window any way you can. As an example, the standard taskbar search will be used. In the query bar enter the word «Параметры»and in the results that appear press the button "Opened". of the article of the same name.

  2. In the window that opens, on the tab "System"Ir a "Remote Desktop".

  3. Open additional menu option "Remote Desktop"by clicking the arrow to the right of the switch. Check the box next to "Require devices to use network-level authentication for connection.". Then activate the function directly "Remote Desktop".moving the switch to position "On.".

  4. In the dialog that appears, confirm your action by clicking the appropriate button.

  5. Attention! It is also recommended that you try to memorize or write down the remote desktop port and computer name. You may need this information to resolve connection issues in the future.

    Disable the remote desktop feature in a similar way. To increase the security of your computer, it is recommended that you do this whenever you do not want others to have access to your device. If necessary, please refer to the corresponding article on our website for details on how to disable remote desktop management.

    Read more: How to disable remote control of your computer

Step 2: Turn on network discovery

To be able to connect to the target computer remotely, you must also enable the network discovery feature in the operating system settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open "Control Panel" any way you want, for example by doing a search query and clicking a button on the output "Opened".

    Also Read: How to Open Control Panel in Windows 10/8/7

  2. In the window that appears, change the display mode of the menu icon to "Category".and then click on the hyperlink "Network and Internet".

  3. Proceed to "Network and Sharing Center"by clicking on the corresponding line.

  4. Open the advanced sharing options menu by clicking the item in the left panel "Change advanced sharing settings".

  5. Expand drop-down list "Private"clicking the corresponding arrow and placing a check mark in front of the element "Enable network discovery", located in the block "Discovery of the network". It is also recommended to check the box next to "Turn on automatic configuration of network devices.".

  6. Go just below and display the dropdown menu “Guest or public (current profile)”. Turn on network discovery and file sharing by checking the appropriate boxes.

  7. At the bottom of the page, expand the dropdown menu "All Networks". In the parameter block "Shared access with password protection." check the box next to "Turn on password sharing". This will significantly increase the protection of your computer against unauthorized third party connections. Finally click the button "Save changes" button..

  8. This completes the setup of the destination computer to connect to from the other device.

Step 3: Connect to a remote desktop

To connect to a remote desktop, you will need to use the software that is pre-installed in Windows 11. This is done as follows:

  1. Find and run the app "Connect to a remote desktop".

  2. In the window that opens, insert in the field "Computer". the numerical identifier (IP) of the network of the destination computer. Then click the button "Connect"..

    Keep in mind. The IP address of a computer can be found out using standard operating system tools, special online services or third-party applications. We have a separate article on this topic on our website.

    Read more: How to find out the IP address of your own or someone else's computer

  3. Wait for the procedure to complete. A new window will then open with a desktop for remote management of the computer.

  4. Also read: Remote control of your computer with the Google Chrome browser

    After completing all the steps in the provided instructions, the connection may fail. If this is the case, please refer to the rest of the material on our website, which explains in detail how to solve possible problems.

    Read more: Solve a problem of not being able to connect to a remote computer

Windows 10

The Windows 10 operating system also has tools to configure remote access to the desktop of another computer. You can do this not only with out-of-the-box tools, but also with special third-party software. All these methods are presented in another article on our website, we recommend that you consult it.

Read more: Connect to a remote desktop in Windows 10

Windows 8

The Windows 8 operating system has many distinctive features, both in its visual appearance and in the logic behind the various management tools. To make it easier to understand the task, check out the other background article on our website dedicated to this release.

Read more: Connect to a remote desktop in Windows 8

If after all the adjustments, you are still unable to connect to the remote desktop and an error occurs “Remote Desktop could not find the computer”, follow the link below to another article. It offers five ways to fix the problem.

Read more: How to remove “Remote Desktop could not find your computer” error

Windows 7

The Windows 7 operating system has RDP technology, which is responsible for the correct function of connecting to a remote desktop. In order to use the tools to establish this connection, you will have to do a lot of preliminary work on the system. These are described in detail in a separate publication on our website.

Read more: Connect to a remote desktop in Windows 7

If you keep getting an error when trying to connect to a remote computer, an outdated version of RDP is most likely to blame. You can update your version of RDP by installing the corresponding package. How to do this is described in another article on this site.

Read More: RDP Upgrade Guide for Windows 7

Windows XP

Windows XP is long ago obsolete and all the methods given above for setting up a remote desktop connection will not work on it. Therefore, it is recommended to follow the following link to the article that provides two methods to carry out the task at hand.

Read more: Remote Desktop Connection in Windows XP