How do I remote into File Explorer?
“I'm trying to locally mount a machine’s C drive that is on my LAN. I need to be able to browse the contents of the C drive of the other machine. Can anyone tell me how to show remote computer files on File Explorer?
-Question from Reddit”
Three methods to access File Explorer on remote computer
Here in this part, we’ll introduce three ways to access File Explorer on remote computer from the local computer, via PowerShell, Remote Desktop Connection, or third-party remote desktop software.
Method 1. Access File Explorer via PowerShell
You can open file explorer on remote computer via PowerShell. Let’s see how to do this.
Step 1. Right-click Start, and then choose Windows PowerShell (Admin).
Step 2. If you’re trying to mount a C drive, enter the following command line:
Note: Please replace “servername” with the real name of the computer that you want to access.
Method 2. Access File Explorer via Remote Desktop
Step 1. On the host computer, navigate here: Start > Settings > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.
Step 2. Find User accounts and click Select users that can remotely access this PC.
Step 3. After opening the Remote Desktop Users window, click Add to add users who are allowed to access this computer (you need to add already existing users to realize remote desktop).
Step 4. On the client computer, search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.
Step 5. On the main interface of Remote Desktop Connection, switch from the General tab to the Local Resources tab, and in the Local Devices and Resources column, click More.
Step 6. On the Local Devices and Resources interface, check the Drives and click OK.
Step 7. Go back to the General tab. Enter the IP address and user name in the Remote Desktop Connection interface to achieve connection.
Step 8. After the connection is successful, click This Computer on the host computer desktop, and find the previously checked disk. You are now able to access it and even transfer files.
Method 3. Access File Explorer via third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer
Another option for you is to use the free and stable third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer to access another computer and then access its File Explorer remotely.
Step 1. Download, install, and launch AnyViewer on both computers.
Step 2. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)
Step 3. Fill in the signup information.
Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.
Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click Remote control to achieve unattended remote access.
Step 6. Now you have full control of the host computer. Right-click Start and then choose File Explorer, then you can open it on the host computer from the client computer.
If you don’t know how to access File Explorer on remote computer, this post introduces three methods to you. Firstly, you can use PowerShell, secondly, you can use the Windows built-in Remote Desktop Connection, and finally, you can use the free and stable third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer.
As you can see from the operating steps, the way to access File Explorer on remote computer via AnyViewer is quite easy and convenient. Therefore, if you’re trying to find an easy way to do this, it is recommended to use AnyViewer.