With Remote Desktop Connection, you can connect to a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows that’s connected to the same network or to the Internet. For example, you can use all of your work computer’s programs, files, and network resources from your home computer, and it’s just like you’re sitting in front of your computer at work.

To connect to a remote computer, that computer must be turned on, it must have a network connection, Remote Desktop must be enabled, you must have network access to the remote computer (this could be through the Internet), and you must have permission to connect. For permission to connect, you must be on the list of users. Before you start a connection, it’s a good idea to look up the name of the computer you’re connecting to and to make sure Remote Desktop connections are allowed through its firewall.

If you’re user account doesn’t require a password to sign in, you’ll need to add a password before you’re allowed to start a connection with a remote computer.

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect. (You might have to also type the IP address instead of the computer name.

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Notes

To find the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut, click the Start button Start button, click All Programs, and then click Accessories. To quickly open Remote Desktop Connection, click the Start button Start button, type mstsc in the search box, and then press Enter

Redirecting a device on your computer makes it available for use in a Remote Desktop session. If a Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears after you click Connect and enter your credentials, you can redirect local devices and resources, such as your local drives or Clipboard. Click Details, and then select the check box for each item you want to redirect.