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Access Your Home PC from Anywhere Using Remote Desktop Connection

Posted on: 10/18/11

Have you ever come across a situation, where you wished you could have had access to your important files that were stored on your home PC? Well, you do not have to worry about that situation anymore. In this guide, we will show you how you can access your Windows® PC remotely using Microsoft® Remote Desktop Connection.


What is Remote Desktop Connection?


Remote Desktop Connection is technology developed by Microsoft that allows you to connect to a Windows-based remote computer using another Windows-based computer. Once connected, you will have access to your desktop, all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you are in front of your computer.


What you Need?


Remote Computer Client Computer
Windows XP® or Higher* Windows XP or Higher
Internet Connection Internet Connection
Static IP Address** Remote Desktop Connection Client


Important Notes:


  • *Remote desktop is included only in the Professional, Business, and Ultimate versions of Microsoft Windows.
  • **If your remote computer is behind a router, make sure you have configured your router with a static IP address and make sure to forward the TCP port 3389 to the IP address of the computer that you will be trying to access remotely.


Configuring the Host


To start, you must first enable the Remote Desktop feature on your home PC so that you can control it remotely from another computer. Log in as Administrator and follow the steps given below:


  1. Right-click the Computer icon from your desktop and choose Properties.


  2. Click the Remote settings link.


  3. Select the Remote tab and check the “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer”checkbox. Select the “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)” and hit the OK button to save the settings.


  4. You are almost done! Make a note of the IP address of your home computer, as you will need it later while establishing the remote connection. If you do not know your computer’s IP address, go to Start > Run > Type ‘cmd and click OK. In the command prompt window, type ‘ipconfig and press Enter.



    Leave your computer running and connected to your home network with Internet access. To save energy, do not forget to turn off your computer monitor.


Establishing Remote Connection


Now that you have enabled your Windows 7 computer at your home to allow remote connections, you are all set to start a Remote Desktop session! Follow the steps below to connect to your home computer remotely (note that you will have to use another Windows-based PC):


  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.


  2. Enter the IP address of your home computer and click the Connect button.


  3. Remote Desktop Connection will then try to initiate remote connection.


  4. Enter your username and password to connect to your remote PC. Click the OK button.


  5. Upon successful authentication, the remote desktop will appear in a separate window on the desktop. Use the ‘minimize’ and ‘maximize’ buttons to switch between local and remote desktops.


  6. To disconnect the session, click the Close button in the session window. Click the OK button to confirm.


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