By Annie / Last Updated August 29, 2022

About Remote Desktop

From Windows XP Pro, Remote Desktop (RDP) has been a Windows built-in feature. A Remote Desktop client can connect to computers remotely and then you can access files, folders, and even run apps on the controlled computer (the host computer) from the device that you are using (the client device). To connect to the remote computer successfully, Remote Desktop should be enabled on the host computer in advance. You can't connect to the remote computer if Remote Desktop hasn't been turned on.

4 ways to enable Remote Desktop Windows 10/11

This part is exactly about how to enable Remote Desktop(RDP) in Windows 10 and 11 to make the computer accessible using Remote Desktop client (Remote Desktop Connection).

Way 1. Enable Remote Desktop from Settings

Step 1. Search “remote desktop settings” in the search box, double-click it to open Remote Desktop Settings.

Step 2. Toggle the button to the On position to enable RDP.

Enable Remote Desktop

Note: Here you can see the PC name of this PC under "use this PC name to connect from your remote device".Keep it in mind as you'll need it when you use Remote Desktop Connection from another computer to connect to this computer.

Step 3. You'll be asked to confirm whether open the app; click "Yes" to confirm.


Way 2. Allow Remote Desktop from Run windows

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open Run box. Type “sysdm.cpl” in the entry bar and press Enter to open System Properties.

Open System Properties

Step 2. In the System Properties window, go to Remote tab, and check ”Allow remote connection to this computer” .

Allow Remote Connection

Way 3. Enable Remote Desktop from Command Prompt

Step 1. In the Search box, input "cmd", right-click the result, and choose "Run as administrator".


Step 2.In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and hit Enter.

▪ reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Enable Remote Desktop

Way 4. Enable Remote Desktop from Powershell

Step 1. In the search box, input "Powershell", right-click "Windows Powershell" and choose "Run as administrator".

Run Powershell from Search

Step 2. In the Windows Powershell window, input the following command and hit Enter.

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 0

Enable Remote Desktop from Powershell

Steps to connect to the remote computer after enabling Remote Desktop in Windows 10/11

After allowing remote access to the host computer, it's time to learn how to connect to it using Remote Desktop client (Remote Desktop Connection).

Step 1. Press Windows + R at the same time, type "mstsc" to launch Remote Desktop Connection.

Run mstsc

Step 2. Type the IP address or the computer name of the remote computer that you want to connect and then click "Connect".


Step 3. In the pop-up window, you need to input the user name and the password of the remote computer account that you want to log in to and click "OK".

Further reading: Find necessary items on the host computer for remote connection

If you have no idea about how to find out IP address, computer name, user name, press Windows + R, input cmd to open Command Prompt, and keep reading.

To find out the computer name and user name, input "whoami" and hit Enter. The front name is the computer name and the latter name is the user name.

To find the IP address of the computer: type "ipconfig" and hit Enter.The IPv4 address is the IP address that you need.

IP Address

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