By Annie / Last Updated August 25, 2021

The case: Need to access another computer on the same network

“I have two home computers on the same LAN. The desktop uses Windows 10 Enterprise and the laptop uses Windows 10 Professional. The two PCs are in different rooms and I occasionally need to obtain files saved on the desktop when I’m using my laptop. It's troublesome to go to another room to view the files on the desktop.  Can I remotely access the desktop from the laptop on the same network?"

Remote access PC on the same network without downloading third-party software

For remote access, the PC that you want to access is called the host computer, and another one is called the client computer. If the OS of the remote computer is Windows Enterprise or Professional Edition, you can enable Remote Desktop and then use Remote Desktop Connection to remote into another computer on the same network. If the host computer is running Windows Home Edition, Remote Desktop isn't supported and you can turn to Remote Desktop alternative for Windows 10 Home.  Now, refer to how to set up Remote Desktop on the host computer for granting remote connection and then take control of the computer from the client computer. 

The first stage: Set up Remote Desktop on the host PC 

First of all, Remote Desktop should be enabled on the PC that you want to connect to. Click “Start” icon and choose “Settings” > “System”> “Remote Desktop”;in the pop-up window, turn on the switch for Enable Remote Desktop and click “Confirm” to save the change. During this process, you can view the computer name of the PC, remember it for connecting to the PC.

Enable Remote Desktop

Then, you need to change firewall settings to allow Remote Desktop to through Windows Firewall. In the search box, input “Allow for app through Windows firewall” and open it; click “Change Settings” button, check “Private” and “Public” for Remote Desktop; then click “OK”.

Allow for Remote Desktop

The second stage: remotely access another computer over RDC

After complete Remote Desktop configuration on  the host PC, you can access the computer on the same internet by following these steps:

Step 1. Type “Remote Desktop Connection” in the search box and open it.


Step 2. Now, you’ll in the Remote Desktop Connection interface, type the name or IP address of the computer that you need to access and click “Connect”.


Step 3. You’ll be required to input login credentials (user name and password). After that, click “OK” and you can connect to the PC within the same network. There are chances to get a message saying that the identity of the remote compeer cannot be verified. If so, check “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and dick “Yes”.

After connecting to the remote desktop, you can manage files or run apps on it.

 The above steps are for access a Windows computer from a Windows computer within the same network using Microsoft Remote Desktop. If you need to connect to the remote PC from Mac, Android, or iOS, you need to install the RDP client on your device from its application store. 
To access a PC using RDP from outside under different networks, you need to find out the public ID of the remote PC, set up port forwarding, and so on.

Perform remote access for PC on the same network or different networks

After getting into the detailed steps on how to access another computer on the same network using Windows Remote Desktop, it's time to have a look at the professional & fast remote access solution offer, AnyViewer.  It enables you to connect one PC to another PC on the same network but also on the different networks; it is compatible with all editions, including Home edition, of Windows 10/8.1/8/7; and it doesn't ask you to adjust computer settings but offers easy and concise interface. 

Now, free download the remote control and support software by clicking the download button. 

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7 and Win Server
Secure Download

Step 1.  Install and run AnyViewer on the host computer and you can see its device ID, temporary security code, given by AnyViewer. 

Main Interface of AnyViewer

Step 2. Install and fire up the freeware on the client computer. On the main interface, type the ID of the host computer and click "Connect".

Step 3. You'll be in a pop-up window where you need to choose a connection way. To access your own computer on the same network without permission, choose "Input security code" and input the temporary security code. Then, click "OK" to connect to the host PC. 

Input a Security Code

If there is a person in front of the host computer, you can choose "Send a control request to your partner" and the person will receive a message like the following screenshot. If "Allow" is selected, the remote connection will be accepted. Otherwise, remote access will be denied. 

Control Request

Note: The temporary security code always changes when the software restarts. To keep remote access for the host computer on the same network or different networks over AnyViewer, you can set a security code on the host computer by going to "Settings" > "Set my Security code". 

Enable Security Code

After connection, you can see the desktop of the host computer appears on the client computer, as you were sit in front of the host computer and you can access files, restart it, open Task Manager, and so on.