By Ellie / Last Updated December 3, 2021

I want to set up Remote Desktop on Windows 8

“I’m running Windows 8 on my PC. I need to remotely access another computer. How do I set up Remote Desktop on my Windows 8? I’ve searched on the Internet, much guidance is about Windows 10, rarely see something about Windows 8. Is there any difference?”   

How do you set up Remote Desktop on Windows 8?

Actually, the way to set up Remote Desktop on Windows 8 is quite similar to setting up RDP on Windows 10. Learn about three methods to enable Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 8 next.

Method 1. Enable Remote Desktop via Search

Step 1. Click the Start menu, type in Allow remote access to your computer, and then click it.

Allow Remote Access to Your Computer

Step 2. Then the System Properties will be opened. Check the following three options. Then click Select Users.

Allow Three Options

Step 3. Click Add.

Add Remote User

Step 4. Type in the Windows username of the user you want to allow. And then click OK.

Enter the Object Name

Step 5. Now you can see the user you’ve just added. Click OK. This means your Windows 8 has been successfully configured for Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop User

Method 2. Set up Remote Desktop using a run command

Step 1. Press Win + R, type in “SystemPropertiesRemote.exe” and then press enter to open the Control Panel.

Run System Property

Step 2. This will open the System Properties directly. Then you can just repeat Step 2 to Step 5 in Method 1 to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 8.

Method 3. Configure Remote Desktop using Control Panel

Step 1. Click the Desktop icon on the Start menu.

Click Desktop Icon on Start Menu

Step 2. Then select Settings on the Charms Bar.

Click Settings in Charms Menu

Step 3. Choose Control Panel.

Select Control Panel

Step 4. In the Control Panel, click Network and Security.

System And Scurity

Step 5. Click Allow remote access.

Allow Remote Access

Step 6. Again, this will open the System Properties. Then you can just repeat Step 2 to Step 5 in Method 1 to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 8.

How to start Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 8?

Here in this part, we’ll quickly get you through the way to start Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 8.

Step 1. Press Win + R, type in “mstsc.exe” and then press enter to open Remote Desktop Connection.

Run Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. Click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Enter the IP Address and user name and click Connect.

Enter the Name of the Remote Computer

Step 4. Enter the password of the remote computer.

Password of Remote Computer

Step 5. Click Yes to confirm the remote connection. Now you can remotely control the remote computer.

Confirm the Identity

AnyViewer: Set up free remote access quickly & easily

Users who want to set up free remote access quickly and easily can choose AnyViewer. AnyViewer is a professional remote access software for multiple Windows versions, including Windows 8. It also provides you with unattended remote access, you can remotely control another device even there’s no one sitting in front of it.

The biggest advantage of AnyViewer over Windows Remote Desktop it that it is easy to set up. Next, let’s see how it works.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Methods 1. Send a control request

Step 1. Open AnyViewer on your computer and the remote Windows 8 computer. Input the device ID of the Windows 8 computer and then click Connect.

Connect

Step 2. Click Send a control request to your partner.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. On the host computer, click the green button to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Methods 2. Input security code

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect.

Connect

Step 3. Choose Input a security code and click OK (the controller can input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the recipient).

Security Code