How to enable remote desktop access (RDP) in Windows 10

Windows Remote Desktop (RDP)

On occasion, you may have needed to access your Windows computer from another device, such as a computer. For this, there are many programs that can help you, but nevertheless if what you want is a much more direct access you can use Microsoft's remote desktop tool to be able to access.

In this case, everything is much more complicated than if, for example, you are using a third-party tool, since You will only be able to access your computer by default from the local network, except in the case that you provide it with an Internet access IP address accessible from outside, which will generally entail an extra cost from your operator. However, if you want to try it, you can do it without problems.

Here's how you can enable remote desktop access (RDP) in Windows 10

As we mentioned, in this case it is possible to activate access through remote desktop or RDP in Windows 10. However, the first basic requirement that you must take into account is that you need to have at least Windows 10 Pro installed on your computer. This is due to Microsoft's own requirements, which have decided for some reason to add this feature as one of the Differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro versions. If you meet this requirement, you can continue.

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First of all, to be able to access your computer from another, you will need to have previously enabled access on your computer. To do this, you must first access the setup app Windows' own, and, in the main menu, select the "System" option, which will take you to the general options of the team. Then, on the left side, you must locate and access the "Remote Desktop" section, and then on the right, make sure that the "Enable remote desktop" switch is correctly marked.

Enable Remote Desktop Connections (RDP) in Windows 10

From that same tab you will have the possibility of, if you wish, make changes to the settings, especially advanced. In this way, you can achieve an extra in terms of security and privacy of your computer, for example, or take a look at the name of the computer, which you may need in order to connect to your computer.

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How to connect to a computer using remote desktop

Once you have enabled the access in question to allow the connection, you can now proceed to connect. The steps vary depending on the device you want to use for it, as well as whether you are going to connect through the local network or from abroad through the Internet.

First of all, if you are going to connect from another device with Windows operating system, say that In most cases, the application called "Remote Desktop Connection" is incorporated., thanks to which it is possible to establish communication. However, if you want, you will also be able to connect without problem from a Mac, Android or iOS, among others. You will only need download and install the official Microsoft client, available in stores like App Store o Google Play, Among others.

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Afterwards, it is true that the connection varies somewhat depending on the application, but the essence in all cases is the same. You will only have to enter the name of your computer in case you make the connection through the local network (for example, connecting the two devices to the same Wi-Fi network), or if you are doing it over the Internet, the computer's public IP address or hostname or domain thereof.

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If all goes well, to be able to access your computer the connection wizard itself It will ask you for the username and password of a computer user for security reasons. You will only have to enter this information, accept the certificate if necessary and, as soon as the computer is ready, the connection will start through remote desktop.


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