How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11 / 10 / 8?

The Remote Desktop feature is part of the Windows operating system since the launch of Windows XP, and it is still available in the latest Windows 11. This handy feature allows you to control other computers remotely. It is widely used in organizations to perform administrative tasks by system administrators. However, this feature remains disabled by default.

In this gearupwindows post, we will guide you through enabling remote desktop in Windows 8 / 10. Once the remote desktop is enabled, you or your system administrator can control a Windows machine remotely.

How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows logo + I keys or any other method.

Step 2. Under System, scroll down from the left side pane and then click on Remote Desktop. On the right side of it, turn the toggle switch to the On or Off position next to Enable Remote Desktop to turn on or turn off the remote desktop on your PC.

How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11/10/8?

Step 1. Simultaneously press Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run dialog box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard to open the System Properties window:-


Step 3. In the System Properties window that opens, navigate to the Remote tab. Then, under the “Remote Desktop” section, select the radio button “Allow remote connections to this computer.”

Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click OK.

After executing the above steps, the Remote Desktop feature is enabled on your PC. To access your Windows 11/10 or 8 computer remotely, type in mstsc in the Run command box from a remote computer and hit Enter. Remote Desktop Connection will open.

Type your PC name in the Computer field and then Connect button. That’s all!!

How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. In the Settings app that opens after performing the above step, click on the System category from the left side pane.

Step 3. On the System’s right side, click on the Remote Desktop tab.

Step 4. Now turn On the toggle switch next to the Remote Desktop option.

Once you turn on the toggle switch of Remote Desktop, a pop-up window will appear; click on the Confirm button.

If you would like to disable the Remote Desktop feature on your PC, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, turn off the toggle switch next to the Remote Desktop option.

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