Remote Desktop Access allows you to connect and control the current Desktop from another device using the Remote Desktop application. The Remote Desktop connects each device through the internet connection whether it is public, private or a local area network. Through Remote Desktop, you can easily work on your PC through another PC or device by just installing the Remote Desktop application available on the Windows store. So, in this article, I will walk you through each step on how to set up Remote Desktop Access on Windows 10.
Before you start, make sure to check the following requirements to setup the Remote Desktop on your PC.
- Make sure you’re running updated Windows 10 version.
- Make sure you’re connected to the internet throughout the process.
- Make sure you have downloaded the Microsoft Remote Desktop application on the PC you want to access the desktop from the Windows store. If not then just follow these steps below:
Step 1: Open Microsoft Store
Open up the Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon on the taskbar, now under Explorer section open click to open up Microsoft Store as highlighted above.
Step 2: Install Microsoft Remote Desktop
Now search for the Microsoft Remote Desktop, and download it as shown above. This will automatically install on your PC after the successful download.
- Copy the IP Address of the Desktop you want to access and write it down somewhere safe for later use. If you don’t know where to check the IP address, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open Command Prompt
From the Windows Search on the taskbar, type in Command Prompt, under the best match, right-click on the Command prompt option, now from the menu, click on the Run as administrator option as shown above.
Step 2: Note down IP Address
From the Command Prompt Enter the following command:
- “ipconfig” and then hit Enter as shown above.
Now under the Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi, locate the IPv4 Address as highlighted above. Carefully note down the address somewhere safe.
Now let’s start with the step-wise guide to setup the Remote Desktop Access on Windows 10.
Follow Steps below to Access Remote Desktop through Local Area Network:
Step 1: Open System Windows
Right-click on Windows icon on the taskbar as highlighted above. Now from the menu, click on the System option as shown above.
Step 2: Enable Remote Desktop
From the System navigation pane, click on the Remote Desktop option as highlighted above. Now on the Remote Desktop option, Enable Remote Desktop by clicking on the toggle button as shown above.
After enabling the toggle button, a message will pop up, click on the Confirm button as shown above.
That’s it, now you just have to access this desktop by passing in the Local IP Address in the Remote Desktop app installed on other PC. For that, scroll on to Start Connection through Remote Desktop.
Follow Steps below to Access Remote Desktop through internet connection:
Step 1: Open Control Panel
From Windows Search, type in “control panel” as shown above. Under the Best match, click on the Control Panel option as highlighted above.
Step 2: Change Adapter Settings
From Control Panel, click on Network and Internet option as highlighted above.
From Network and Internet Window, click on Network and Sharing Center option as highlighted above.
From Sharing and Sharing Center, under Control Panel Home navigation pane, click on Change adapter settings link as highlighted above.
From Network Connection, Right-click on the network adapter, on the menu click on the Properties option as highlighted above.
From Network Adapter Properties (either it is Ethernet or Wi-Fi), Under the Networking tab, select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option as highlighted above. Now click on the Properties button as shown above.
In a private network the IP address varies time to time you connect to the network so for this you have to set the IP address to static so you don’t have to check for the IP address every time connect to the network. This option is recommended for the users who wants to use Remote Desktop on regular basis.
Start Connection With Remote Desktop:
Step 1: Open up the downloaded Remote Desktop app
If you have just recently downloaded and installed the Microsoft Remote Desktop application then open up the start menu, under the Recently added menu, click on the Remote Desktop option as highlighted above.
From the Remote Desktop app, click on the +Add button as highlighted above.
- For connecting to a PC with a private network, enter a local IP address.
- For connecting to a PC over the internet, enter the public IP address as shown above.
In Add a desktop pane, under PC name, type in the IP address here that you had noted down and click on the + button to add the account credentials as highlighted above.
Note: To check your public IP address, simply Google search “What is my ”
Step 3: Add Account Credentials
Now in Add an account, Enter the credentials of the Desktop you want to access if the desktop sign in with a Microsoft account then Enter the Microsoft credentials otherwise Enter the Local account credentials. Now click on the Save button to proceed.
Step 4: Save Desktop
Now click on the Save button to Add the Desktop.
Step 5: Connect Desktop
After saving the desktop, the added desktop will be shown under the Saved Desktops as highlighted above. Simply click on the desktop to start the connection.
If you receive a pop-up message to Accept certificate, as shown above, you can checkmark the checkbox if you don’t want this message to pop up again, now simply press the Connect button as highlighted above.
Now after successful connection setup, you can finally access and use the desktop remotely via Local Area network.
That’s it! Hope this helped you setup Remote Desktop Access on Windows 10. Enjoy.