How to Connect Remotely to another Computer on Windows 7


If you need to connect to your work computer from home, the Windows 7 operating system provides this capability using the “Remote Desktop Connection” feature.

With this feature you can take control of a computer running Windows remotely, this can be very useful in multiple occasions such as a need for troubleshooting or a need to work on a professional PC from a personal computer to use the programs , the files that are on this professional computer, as if you were in the office.

By default, Remote Desktop in Windows 7 is disabled for security reasons.
To start, it must be activated.

To connect to a remote computer, it must be turned on, have a network connection, and Remote Desktop must be turned on. You must also have network access to the remote computer (via the Internet, for example), as well as the necessary permissions to connect.

To be logged in, you must be on the users list. Before establishing a connection, we recommend that you search for the name of the computer you want to connect to and make sure that Remote Desktop connections are allowed through its firewall. It is important to note that Remote Desktop is only integrated in Professional, business or Ultimate versions of Windows 7. Home editions do not have a remote desktop.

Steps to follow:

Here’s how to set up the remote desktop:

Step 1: Configure access to the computer

1- Right-click the “Computer” icon and select “Properties”.

2- Click the “Remote Settings” link on the left side.

3- Now you can activate it.

4- If you are prompted to confirm an administrator password, type the password or confirm the operation. Under Remote Desktop, select “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)”.

5- Click Select Users.

If you are an administrator of the computer, your current user account is automatically added to the list of remote users and you can skip the next two steps.

6- In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.

7- In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, follow these steps:

a. To specify the search location, click Locations, and then select the location you want.

b. In the Enter the object names to select box, type the name of the user you want to add, and then click OK.

c. The name appears in the Remote Desktop Users list. Click OK, and then click OK again

Step 2: The “client” part

Now that the server is properly set up, we will perform a remote connection test from a client that is connected to your local network or on the Internet by starting the client software for remote desktop access.

This is located in: Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> Remote Desktop Connection

In the new window, enter the IP of your PC if you are on a client connected to the local network or the public IP of your router if you access your PC from the Internet.

You can also enter the name of a computer on your local network.

The authentication request appears with the name of the account authorized to access the PC. You still have to enter your password. The connection is established by clicking OK.

Now click Connect.

Here you are connected to your remote PC.


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