You are in front of a computer at home or in the office and need to access another computer to grab a file, open an application or troubleshoot a problem. How can you reach the other computer? As long as the other computer is turned on and configured for remote connections, you can log in and control it remotely using Microsoft's remote desktop connection.
By RDC, you can remotely access multiple computers over the same network . You can also use it to access computers on various networks via the Internet, but which requires some knowledge on firewalls and port forwarding. So we focus on connecting to a computer on the same network.
Remote Desktop Connection is built into Windows but is also available as a Windows 10 Universal app in the Microsoft Store. To access and control a computer from your mobile device, Microsoft's RDC app is available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPads and from Google Play for Android phones and tables.
First, you or someone else must log in to the external computer (the computer you want to access from your current location). To do this, open Settings> System> Remote Desktop . Turn on the power switch to Enable Remote Desktop. Click Confirm to activate the setting.
By default, the options for keeping your computer awake for connections when connected and making your computer discoverable on private networks are both enabled. To view or change the option, click the corresponding Show Settings link, but you should probably leave both options enabled at this point. Instead, click the Advanced Settings link.
On the Advanced Settings screen, select the box to require computers to use Network Level Authentication (NLA) to connect. NLA adds tighter security for remote connections over the same network, as users must be verified before accessing the remote computer.
If you connect to a computer on the same network, you can ignore the External Connections section. In the Remote Desktop Port section, the default port appears to listen to and accept a dial-up connection.
Click the back arrow to return to the previous screen and browse the remote desktop settings. By default, any user who has an administrative account on the remote computer can access it.
If you use a Microsoft account to log on to Windows and your account has administrative rights, your best bet is simply to use that account to log on remotely. If you want to give remote access to another account, click the link at the bottom of Choose Users who can remotely access this computer. Click Add and enter the user name for that account.