The whole purpose of using remote desktop is for connecting to a computer
that is off premise or one that is located in another room of your home.

Say you have a computer that is downstairs in the basement but you are
comfortable upstairs in your bed but the computer located downstairs
has certain data you may want to access, this is where RDP (remote desktop) could be useful.

To Begin

  • You will need an account with Admin rights — this guide is assuming that you are already using an account with admin rights and you are able to create new users that possess admin rights.
  • You will need to enable RDP Access via the Remote Access Settings
  • You will need to add the protocol to be seen through the firewall
  • You will need Windows 10 Pro as home edition does not have access to this.

Create a user account that has administrator rights

Go to your Windows search bar and type in user accounts and click on “Add, edit or remove other users” and you’ll get this screen.

Creating the user from scratch

Select “Add someone else to this PC”

If that person has a Microsoft account or email, proceed with using that information, if not, choose the blue writing underneath that says “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” — this is the option we’ll use in this example.

Configuring the Remote Desktop Advanced settings and Firewall settings

At this junction, we will need to now configure all form of connections of remote desktop towards the PC + the user. All form of communications with computer devices over the internet requires that ports and user accounts are setup and configured properly. You will be unable to connect to the Windows system without enabling the ports and user(s) in the first place!

Configuring user access

Configuring Windows Firewall for RDP

Congrats! RDP is now working on your Windows computer.


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