How to Connect Another Computer using Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop Connection in your computer or laptop system working on Windows 7 lets you connect to your office or home PC from the road.

Remote Desktop connects two computers over a network or the Internet. Once connected, you'll see the remote computer's desktop as if you were sitting right in front of it, and have access to all its programs and files. This feature is included with all editions of Windows 7, but you can only connect to computers running the Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise editions

Remote Desktop Connection, you can access a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows that is 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. See the steps below:

Set Up PC for Remote Desktop:
You can configure either the desktop or laptop computer for remote access; either way works fine, below i am working on Windows 7 Platform.

1. Choose Control Panel from the Start menu, and open the Control Panel's System icon.

2. In the list of tasks on the left side of the window, choose Remote Settings.

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3. In the System Properties dialog box, on the Remote tab in the Remote Desktop area, choose the item labeled Allow Connections from Computers Running any Version of Remote Desktop.

4. Click OK, and close the Control Panel.

And now the computer is open to sharing its desktop remotely with another computer on the network.

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But for the Remote Desktop to work, you have to create an exception for the Windows Firewall in Firewall settings.

Create an exception for the Windows Firewall:
1. Choose Control Panel from the Start menu, and open the Control Panel's Windows Firewall icon.

2. In the Windows Firewall window, click the link that says Change Settings.

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Change settings in Windows Firewall
 3. In the Windows Firewall Settings dialog box, click the Exceptions tab.



4. Scroll through the list to find the item called Remote Desktop, and place a check mark by that item.

5. Click the OK button, and then close the Windows Firewall and Control Panel windows.


What to do now:

When the remote desktop is set up and connected, what you see on your computer’s screen is actually the display of another computer on the network. Moving the mouse on your computer moves the mouse on the other computer, and same for the keyboard. It's just as though you're sitting at that computer, when you’re actually working things from a remote location.

Note: But unfortunately you cannot copy files and folders between the remote system and your own computer by copying things. The Remote Desktop Connection is more of a control and access feature than a sharing files with each other.


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  1. Great post. In addition to above mentioned steps, remote connection between computers can even be established using remote support tools such as logmeinrescue, gosupportnow, GoToMyPC etc. Alternatively, one can even consider deploying on premise remote support appliance such as RHUB or Bomgar appliances.

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  2. You can also use logmein or ammyy.com.
    Quite easy and simple to use.

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