The Remote Desktop Connection utility is a very useful tool, especially if you need to access your work computer at home, or vice-versa. It lets you create a direct connection between two computers, one able to control the other. Here’s how it’s done:
Log in as administrator on the computer you want to access over the connection. Go to Control Panel -> User Accounts and decide which user’s desktop you want to connect to. Click the account and choose Create Password. I suggest you make astrong password to keep out unwanted guests. abc123definitely isn’t a strong password. You need a password on the remote account or the connection won’t work. Go back to Control Panel and choose System -> Remote (Note: If there is no “System” Section in the Control Panel, type Control Panel/system into the address bar.) Make sure the box Allow Users to Remotely Connect to this Computer is checked and press the button Select Remote Users. Click Add and type the account name(s) you want to connect to and press OK.
Step 2: Finding the IP Address of the Remote Computer
Before you move onto the other one, find out the IP address of the remote computer.
To do this, type cmd into the Run box from the Start Menu and press Run.
All you need from here right now is the IP address, so write that down. Now you can log off and move onto the local computer that you want to access the remote one with.
Step 3: Connecting to the Remote Computer
Open Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
Type in the IP address of the remote computer, (the one you copied earlier) and press Connect.
Now you will be asked for the username and password of the remote account. Enter them and continue.
After a few moments, a full screen window should open up and you should be able to control the remote computer.
If the connection is slow, close it, reopen Remote Desktop Connection and Choose Options before you connect. Set the color and quality a little lower and try again.