By Fiona / Last Updated July 22, 2021

Windows 10 Home doesn’t support Remote Desktop

To establish a successful Remote Desktop connection between two computers, the controlled computer needs to enable Remote Desktop in system setting. However, in Windows 10 Home system, there is no such feature. That is the reason that Windows 10 home doesn’t support Remote Desktop. If you want to use Remote Desktop connection on your computer, you could upgrade your Windows 10 home system to Windows 10 pro system. Or you could choose some alternatives to Remote Desktop Connection.

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Here are three diffident remote access software, each one has its own merits and defects. You can choose one to use according to your own situation.

AnyViewer

AnyViewer supports multiple operating systems (Including all edition of windows 10), so you can use it on your Windows 10 home computer. AnyViewer has a clean interface and sample operation system which can help users to understand how to use this software. The stable connection and readily comprehensible operation system get users’ high praise. Please feel free to download it.

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Following these steps, you can use it with ease.

Step 1. Download, install and run AnyViewer on both computers of controller and recipient.

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Step 2. You can go to Settings>Recipient to change some settings to make the connection easier. Make sure both “Allow to accept remote control”, “Allow temporary security code” and “Set my security code” items are allowed. And you can type your own security code and click OK.

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Step 3. You can type recipient’s device ID and click connect, then there are two diffident connection methods to choose.

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Step 4. If you choose “Send a control request to your partner” option to connect, your partner will receive a request. He needs to allow this request, and then the connection will be successfully established.

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Step 5. If you choose“Input security code” option, you need to input your partner’s security code to connect. Security code contains temporary security and my security code, type any of them to connect. The temporary code always changes when you restart AnyViewer, you can find it in the main interface. As for my security code, it is the one you just set in Setting>Recipient tab. After you input the security code and click ok, the connection will be successfully established without your partner’s allowance.

Advantages:

  1. AnyViewer has a sample operation system and users can use it with ease.
  2. There is no need to worry about data safety when you connect through AnyViewer for it is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography encryption.
  3. AnyViewer has multiple connection methods which are suitable for many situations. For example, you can choose to send a request to your friend to help him solve some technological problems, or you can choose to type my security code to connect to your other device when you have some work to deal with.

Disadvantages:

  1. AnyVewer now only supports the connection between PCs. (It will support Android device in the future version)
  2. Anyviewer doesn’t have a file-transfer function, so you can’t straightly transfer files between controller’s computer and recipient’ computer via Anyviewer.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop can be seen as a Chrome extension of Chrome browser, allowing a user to remotely control another computer.

How to use:

Step 1. Open Google Chrome and type” remotedesktop.google.com/access”access” in the address bar and click download icon and follow Google Chrome directions to install Chrome Remote Desktop

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Step 2. After you install Chrome Remote Desktop, you have to set a name and a PIN for the controller computer to access it from other devices.

Step 3. recipient should first click Remote Support, and click Generate Code in the remote computer and send the access code to the controller’s computer.

Step 4. Controller should type the access code and click Connect.

Chrome Desktop

Advantages:

  1. Chrome Remote Desktop is not only available on PC, but also available on Android and IOS.
  2. Because it is a browser extension, it’s very easy to set up and use.

Disadvantages

  1. You have to sign in to your Google account on the two devices.
  2. Chrome Remote Desktop lacks file transfer options.

Windows Remote Assistance

Remote Assistance is a Windows tool, allowing controller to use mouse and keyboard to control recipient’s computer remotely.

How to use:

Step 1. Before using Windows Remote Assistance, you have to change some settings. Right-click This PC on your desktop, and choose Properties to open System Windows. Click Remote settings and go to Remote Tab. Make sure “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer” is checked.

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Step 2. Press Windows key and R to open Run box, and type “control panel” and press Enter., then go to System and Security>Allow an app through Windows Firewall, make sure Remote Assistance is checked.

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Step 3. Recipient should press Windows key and R to open Run box, and type “msra” to open Windows Remote Assistance. Choose “Invite someone you trust to help you” and then choose “Save this invitation as a file”. Save this file on your desktop and then a pop-up window will appear.

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Step 4. Don’t close this pop-up window and send this Invitation file and the password to the controller.

Step 5. After the controller receives this Invitation, open it and type the password and click OK, then the connection will be successfully established.

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Advantages:

  1. Windows Remote Assistance is a Windows tool, you don’t have to download it on the internet.
  2. It’s convenient to make a connection.

Disadvantages:

  1. Remote Assistance only allows controller to simply control recipient’s computer, so many problems can’t be solved through Remote Assistance.
  2. Before using Remote Assistance, you have to change many system settings, you may get tired of those tedious procedures.
  3. Users have to take a high risk of security and data leakage.

Since Windows 10 Home edition doesn’t support Remote Desktop, you can upgrade your Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro; or use some alternatives to Remote Desktop Connection. According to your own situation, you can choose one of the remote access software from AnyViewer, Chrome Remote Desktop, and Windows Remote Assistance. All of them are free and great remote access software that contains their respective merits and defects.