How to Check If Remote Access Is Enabled

Are you having trouble checking out the remote status of your computer? This post mainly offers three methods to teach users how to check if remote access is enabled.


By Ellie / Updated on October 26, 2022

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How do I know if remote access is enabled on Windows 10?

“I failed in using Remote Desktop to remotely access my Windows 10 from my Windows 7. one of my friends told me that maybe I didn’t enable remote access on my Windows 10. I wonder how to check if remote access is enabled.”

Three methods to check if remote access is enabled

Here in this part, we provide you with three ways how to check if remote access is enabled on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7.

Method 1. Check remote connection is allowed

Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Then type in “sysdm.cpl” and hit OK to open System Properties.

Run Command Sysdm.cpl

Step 2. Check whether “Allow remote connections to this computer” is ticked.

Remote Desktop Tab

Method 2. Check Enable Remote Desktop in turned on

Step 1. Navigate here: Start > Settings > System.


Step 2. Find Remote Desktop on the left pane, and make sure Enable Remote Desktop is turned on.


Method 3. Check Remote Desktop is allowed by Firewall

Step 1. Press Win + S and then type in “Allow an app through Windows Firewall”. Click Open.


Step 2. Click Change settings and then check Remote Desktop to make it be allowed by Firewall.

Check Remote Desktop Windows 10

Free & easy remote desktop software: AnyViewer

If you’re using Remote Desktop to remotely connect to another computer, you’ll have to check whether remote access is enabled on the two computers or not. Luckily, you still got other choices. With the third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer, you can easily achieve remote access as long as the two computers are running AnyViewer. Next, let’s see how to get started with AnyViewer.

Depending on whether to sign up for AnyViewer, you have the following two options.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
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Option 1. For unattended remote access with one-click

Step 1. Download, install, launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

Sign up for AnyViewer.png

Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.

Free Editions

Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking One-click control.

Connect to My Devices

Note: If you upgrade your account to Professional or Enterprise edition, then you can assign more devices. Also, you can connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer.

Option 2. Other two connection methods

If you don't want to log into the same account on the two computers, you can also use the following two methods to achieve remote connections. But we should note that you're not allowed to use certain features like file transfer using these two methods, as some features are designed for logged-in users.

 Methods 1. Send a control request to your partner

 Step 1. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect.


Step 2. Then there will be a pop-up window, choose Send a control request to your partner. And then click OK.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. The host computer will receive a pop-up request. People sitting in front of the host computer need to click Allow to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Methods 2. Input security code

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer and click Connect. Choose Input security code, then enter either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the host computer and click OK.

Security Code


This post mainly introduces how to check if remote access is enabled. Specifically, three methods are introduced. You can check whether the remote connection is allowed, whether Enable Remote Desktop in turned on, or whether Remote Desktop is allowed by Firewall.