Configuring Remote Desktop on Windows 8

Remote desktop is a windows component that lets you connect interactively to a remote computer.To enable this, the remote host must be set up to accept connections from remote clients.

This article explains how to setup a Windows 8 PC for remote desktop access.

Remote desktop in Windows 8 is available only in the Pro or Enterprise edition of the Operating system.

How to check the edition of Windows 8 on your PC

  1. Open the Charms bar by moving your mouse to upper or lower right corner of the screen. Or swipe in from the right edge if you are using a touch screen.
  2. Click on Settings and then click PC Info
    On Windows 8.1 you will find PC Info under Settings → Change PC Settings → PC and devices → PC Info
  3. Windows Edition is the first item on the basic information about your computer.
    PC Info

Setting up your PC for Remote Connnection

  1. Open Search from the Charms bar.
  2. On the Search box type remote.
  3. Click Settings from the Search list below.
  4. Windows 8 Search
  5. Click Allow remote access to your computer This will open the Remote tab on System Properties window.
  6. Select Allow remote connections to this computer and click Apply.
  7. When remote assistance is enabled, all users in the administrators group of your PC can connect remotely. To add a user who is not in the administators group:
    Click Select Users and then click Add.
  8. In Enter the object names to select enter the name of the user you want to give access.
  9. Click Check Names to locate the user and Click OK in the Select Users dialog box.
  10. Verify the users and click OK again on Remote Desktop Users dialog box.
  11. Complete the configuration by clicking OK on the System Properties window.

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