By Annie / Last Updated October 8, 2021

Why need remote access software for Windows 10?

Remote access software, also called remote control software, is becoming more and more popular. A remote access tool for Windows 10 enables you to access a remote Windows computer from another device as if you are in front of the Windows PC that is in a different location. For individuals, a remote control tool makes work more flexibly and productively. For businesses, remote access software can be used to remotely offer customers technical supports.

Three secure & free remote access software for Windows 10

There are various remote access tools in the market and here we will recommend three free and reliable tools to you. Pick up the proper one under different situations. 

1. Windows 10 built-in remote access software: Microsoft Remote Desktop

If you are using Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise Edition, it’s not bad to choose Windows built-in tool, Remote Desktop. You don’t need to install a third-party tool. This free tool is very easy to use when host and client Windows computers are in the same network. If the two PCs are not in the same network, you may need assistance from an IT member in your company. Or you can check the other two remote access apps. Now, have a look at how to set up Microsoft Remote Desktop and connect to Windows PC from another PC in the same network.

Cautions: The two Windows computers should keep awake for connection.

Stage 1: Turn on Remote Desktop in Windows 10

Before remote connection, you need to sign into the computer that you need to control remotely and turn on Remote Desktop in this PC by doing the following steps:

Step 1. Click “Start” icon and click “Settings”.

Settings

Step 2. In the pop-up window, go to “System” > “Remote Desktop”.

Remote Desktop

Step 3. Drag the button rightward to enable Remote Desktop.

Enable Remote Desktop

Step 4. Click “Confirm” button to execute the operation.

Confirm

Note: By default, any user who has an administrative account on the client PC is allowed to access it, thus you need to set a strong password for your administrative account.

Step 5. Keep the name of the remote PC in mind.

Name

Stage 2. Remotely access to a Windows PC from another Windows PC

Now, check out these steps about how to set up connection between the two remote PCs.

Step 1. Type “Remote Desktop Connection” in Search box and choose “Remote Desktop Connection”.

RDC

Step 2. In the pop-up RDC window, input the IP address of the host PC. Then, click "Connect".

Computer

Step 3. Then, you'll be required to input the user name and the password of the host PC.  Finally, you'll be able to connect to the remote PC. 

2. Available for Chrome broswer user: Google Remote Desktop 

If you are using Windows Home Edition or encounter issues like Can't find the computer while using Microsoft Remote Desktop,  have a look at Chrome Remote Desktop. It is free and  available for mulitple platforms, including Windows 10. You can use it on any device that supports Chrome browser. Functions, like remote printing, are not available on Google Remote Desktop. Now, see how to use Chrome Remote Desktop to connect to Windows PC.

Step 1. On the host comptuter, go to Chrome Remote Desktop, go to "Remote Support" and click the blue download icon to download the remote access extension in Google

 

Remote Support

Step 2. After that, click “Add to Chrome” to add the extension to Chrome and enable it.

Add to Chrome

 

Step 3. Then, enter a name for the host computer, click "Next"; then set a six-digital PIN and click “Start”.

Choose a PIN

Step 4. On the client computer, log in to the same Google account of the host computer. Do the same steps to install Chrome Remote Desktop.

Step 5.  On the Remote Support interface, find out the name of the host computer under "Remote Device", click it and input the PIN to remotely access the computer

3.  Free and fast remote access software for Windows 11/10/8/7: AnyViewer 

Or you can employ AnyViewer, a great remote access solution for Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server. It offers stable & fast connection and is fairly simple to operate. Now, see how to use it to access a remote PC.  

First of all, it should be installed and run on the two computers separately. 

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Step 1. On the host computer, you can see the ID and the temporary security code of the device. If you just need to connect to the host computer from the client computer for once, you don't need to set up AnyViewer on the host computer. The device ID and the temporary security code are enough.

Main Interface of AnyViewer

If you need to access the remote host PC for many times, go to "Settings" > "Recipient", enable "Security Code" and set the security code for the host PC. 

Security Code

Step 2.  On the client computer,  type the device ID of the host computer and choose a way to control it. Here I choose "Input security code".  After type the security code and click OK, I can establish remote connection quickly. 

Choose Control Way

Step 3. Then, the desktop of the host computer will show up on the client computer. Many operations like "Ctrl+ Alt + Delete", "Lock", "Restart", etc., can be completed on the remote PC during the remote session. 

Operation

Conclusion 

This post has demonstrated three safe and stable remote access software for Windows 10. You can realize remote connection with Microsoft Remote Desktop. However, it's a little bit complicated, especially when the devices are not within the same LAN. Chrome Remote Desktop is OK to use for computers in different networks but it reburies you to log in to the same account. AnyViewer doesn't ask you to sign up an account and is rather simple to use. All in all, if you are unfamiliar with the three remote access utilities and want to control a PC under different networks, AnyViewer will be a nice choice!