By Ellie / Last Updated October 11, 2021

Brief introduction of remote control

In the past, remote control is only available for a small number of people who are proficient and professional in computer technology. With the development of science and technology, control any PC remotely has been achieved by more and more people via various remote control software. Remotely controlling another PC is no longer a tough problem for ordinary computer users.

Any remote control PC allows you to access another computer, open and edit files, and use various applications as if you are actually sitting in front of the computer. It is pretty helpful under lots of conditions. For example, you’re at home or on a business trip and need a file from your office computer, your friend needs you to show him how to use something on his computer, or you have some tech problems and you need a tech professional to remotely control your computer to check a few things.

How to control another PC remotely via Remote Desktop?

Microsoft Remote Desktop is one of the most popular free remote control solutions coming with Windows. It allows you to connect a Windows 10 device to Windows, Android, iOS, and macOS. Here in this part, you’ll get to know how to control another PC remotely via RDP.

The steps are divided into two parts. First, you need to set up the PC you want to connect to so it allows remote connections.  Otherwise, Remote Desktop Connection won't work. Second, you can use Remote Desktop to connect to the PC you’ve set up in the first part.

Set up the PC you want to connect to

Step 1. Make sure your Windows version supports RDP.  To check, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System and look for Edition. If it’s Windows 10 Home, you need to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, as Windows 10 Home doesn't support Remote Desktop

Windows Edition

Step 2. Then select Start > Settings > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.


Step 3. On the same page, find How to connect to this PC and remember the PC name below.

PC Name

Use Remote Desktop to connect to the PC you’ve set up

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. In Remote Desktop Connection, type the name of the PC you want to connect to in the box (introduced above), and then select Connect.


Although RDP has been appraised by lots of users, it has its downsides. For example:

  • It’s only included in certain versions of Windows, like Pro, Business or Ultimate version. Windows 10 Home edition can connect to other PC and control it, but can not be controlled by others. If your friends or families are running Windows Home versions, then you’ll fail to connect to them.
  • If you’re planning to use RDP outside your office network, you’ll need to configure the remote network to accept incoming connection requests. And the configuration process is quite complicated and tedious. Besides that, you’ll need to know the IP address of the server along with the login credentials for the remote machine you want to connect to.
  • Off-site access from a different network is very insecure unless a VPN can be used.

Control any PC remotely via AnyViewer.

If you're seeking free remote control software that works with many Windows versions and delivers a quick and secure remote connection, we propose AnyViewer. It works with a variety of Windows and Windows Server versions. You can easily and quickly control any PC remotely thanks to its intuitive UI and straightforward operation method. There are no longer any complicated or time-consuming procedures.

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Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on the PC you want to connect to. Remember the device ID on the interface. Then select Settings > Recipient. Tick all three options. Then set a security code in the box.

Temporary Code

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. Install and run AnyViewer on your computer. Ask for the device ID of the PC that you want to connect to and enter it in the box. Then you’ll have three options to achieve remote access.

 Option 1. Choose Send a control request to your partner and then click OK. After this, the host computer will receive a pop-up request to control it. Click Allow to establish the remote connection.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Request to Control Your Device

Option 2. Click Input security code. The code you input could either be a permanent security code that others set before or an automatically-generated temporary security code.

Security Code

After successfully remote into the host computer over AnyViewer, you can view files and folders on the host computer, use apps on it, run CMD, and so on.