By Annie / Last Updated July 4, 2022

Need to remote access PC on same network

“ I'm always requested to help my colleagues to check and fix their PC issues. It's frustrated to arrive at their locations to assist them. And all of our computers are Windows 10 Enterprise.  How can I remotely access and control their PC to offer assistance without going to the scene? Thanks a lot. 

Computers

Remote access PC on the same network without downloading 3rd  party software

If the OS of the remote PC you want to access is Windows Enterprise/Professional Edition, you can enable Remote Desktop and then use Remote Desktop Connection to remote into a computer on the same network. If the host computer is with Home Edition, Remote Desktop isn't supported and you can turn to RDP alternative for Windows 11/10 Home.  Now, refer to how to access another computer in the same network over Remote Desktop. 

The first stage: enable 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, and remember it for connecting to the PC.

Enable Remote Desktop

Then, you need to change firewall settings to allow Remote Desktop through Windows Firewall. In the search box, input “Allow for apps 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 completing the Remote Desktop configuration on  the host PC, you can access the computer from your local device on the same internet by following these steps:

Step 1.  On your local Windows computer, type “remote” in the search box and open Remote Desktop Connection.

RDC

Note: If your current device is iPad or iPhone, you need to download RD client for iOS from the Apple Store, and then you can access Windows computer from your iOS device using RD client. 

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

Connect

Step 3. You’ll be required to input login credentials (user name and password). After that, click “OK” for remote access computer on 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 the remote computer.

★Tips:
 The above steps are for accessing 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.

Remote access 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, AnyViewer.  It enables you to connect one PC to another PC on the same network but also on different networks; it is compatible with all editions, including the Home edition, of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7; 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 11/10/8.1/8/7/ Server
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Important: With AnyViewer for iOS, you can access a computer from your iPad or iPhone as well. 

Step 1.  Sign up for an AnyViewer account; install and run AnyViewer on the two PCs. Then, click "Log in" and "Log in " to log in to the same account. And the PC will be assigned to the account. 

Log in

Step 2. On your local PC, click "Device" and you can see what device has logged into the AnyViewer account. Locate the remote computer that you want to control, click it and click "Remote control" to achieve unattended remote access with 1-click. Then you will access another computer in the same network or a different network.

Devices

Note: To view the remote PC without its screen being seen by others, you need to upgrade to an advanced plan.

Step 3. After connection, you can see the desktop of the remote computer appears on the client computer as if you were sitting in front of another computer and you can access files, restart it, open Task Manager, and so on.

Operation

Conclusion

If you need to get remote access PC on the same network, you can easily achieve your goal with Windows Remote Desktop. If you don't want to figure out the IP address of the PC or the PC is running Windows Home Edition, you can turn to AnyViewer to connect to a PC from your local PC or iOS device on the same network or different networks.