By Annie / Last Updated October 16, 2021

Windows 10 Home edition doesn't have Remote Desktop

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection enables you to access or control one PC in different locations easily, especially when the two devices are within the same network. Before connection, you should configure the settings on the host PC, including enabling Remote Desktop. However, Windows 10 Home doesn't have Remote Desktop and it's available in Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro editions. That is to say, you can't use RDC to access a remote computer whose OS is Windows 10 Home edition. Jut like the following scenario.

“Hello. My own PC comes with Windows 10 Home installed. There are some occasions where I need to log into it and control it from another PC. However, I can't find out Remote Desktop on the computer. Can you recommend a good and free Remote Desktop alternative for Windows 10 Home edition? Thanks in advance!“

Windows 10 Home Remote Desktop alternative [free download]

As aforementioned, Windows 10 Home computer can't be accessed over Remote Desktop. Then, how to achieve remote control for Windows 10 home users?  Luckily, there is a fantastic RDP alternative for Windows 10 Home edition, AnyViewer.  It is totally free for personal use and can control multiple computers at the same time. Compared with Windows Remote Desktop, it takes advantage in the following aspects:

1. Windows Remote Desktop is mainly used on the same network. If you use it to remote into a computer in a different network, you need to set up a VPN or forward a port. And AnyViewer won't require you to do these operations.  

2.  To achieve remote connection, you need to know the IP address of the host computer for the login credential and it's can be difficult for a user who isn't tech-savvy. And AnyViewr displays the device ID on its main interface. 

3.  AnyViewer offers shortcuts of many functions, like Task Manager, CMD, Restart, Lock, "Ctrl+Del+Alt", etc. and the shortcuts are unavailable on the window using Windows Remote Desktop. 


All in all, if you are looking for an easy-to-use, safe, free, and stable remote desktop software for Windows 10 Home edition, AnyViewer should be the one. You can click the following button to free download the Remote Desktop alternative. 

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The user manual of Remote Desktop alternative for Windows 10

Step 1.  Install and run the remote desktop software on the Windows 10 Home computer and another computer.  On the main interface, you can view the device ID and the temporary security code of the PC, given by AnyViewer. 

Note: The temporary security code always changes when AnyViewer restarts. If you want to set up unattended access even after restarting the remote PC, you can set a security code for the host computer. 

Temporary Code and Device ID

Step 2. To assign a security code, go to "Settings"  and enable "Set my security code" and type your security code in the box. Then, click "OK".  

Enable Security Code

Note: If you don't want the host PC to be accessed via security code, you can disable "Allow temporary security code" and "Set my security code".  Then, the host PC can be accessed only after accepting the remote control request. 

Step 3. On the client PC, type the ID of the remote host computer and then click "Connect".  And you can see a pop-up window where provide two connection modes:  ”Send a control request to your partner“ and ”Input security code“.  After input security code, click "OK" and the remote session will be established quickly. 

Two Connectin Modes

Step 4. If your partner hasn't sent the security code to you, you can choose "Send a control request to your partner". A request message will pop up on the host computer. If your partner click "Allow", you can connect to the computer. If the person on the other end clicks "Deny", your remote control request will be denied. 

Allow or Deny

After remote into the host PC successfully, you can see the desktop of the remote computer on your client computer and you can view the files, run applications or help troubleshoot issues on the host computer. 


Although Windows 10 Home doesn't support Remote Desktop, you still can control a Windows 10 Home computer using the reliable and easy-to-use Remote Desktop alternative - AnyViewer. Actually, it works with all editions of Windows 11/10/8/.1/8/7 and Windows Server  2022/2019/2012/2012 R2.