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How to Take Remote Desktop?

Desktop / June 5, 2021

Image titled Use Remote Desktop in Windows 7 Step 1Double-check the version of Windows on the target computer. The computer receiving the connection from your Windows 7 computer should have one of the following operating systems installed: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (Professional or Enterprise), Windows 7 (Professional, Home Premium Ultimate or Enterprise).

Open the System control panel. Open the control panel and select “System and Security.” Click “System.”

Click “Remote Settings.” This will open the System Properties panel.

Allow connections from other computers. Toward the bottom of the panel, you’ll see several options for Remote Desktop.
  • Select “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop” if you’re not sure of the version of Windows installed on the system that will be making a connection.
  • Select “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication” if both computers are running Windows 7. You’ll only see this option on a Windows 7 computer, so don’t panic if you don’t see it in another version.

Click “Select Users.” You’ll be brought to a screen where you can add a new user account.

Click “Add.” You can select any of the computer’s existing user accounts by typing a username and clicking on “Check Names.” Select the account you wish to use and click “OK.”

Image titled Use Remote Desktop in Windows 7 Step 2 Click “OK.” Remote Desktop is now enabled on the target system.

Part 2

Find the IP Address of the Target Computer
  1. Connect the target computer to the network. The two computers will need to be able to reach each other over a network in order for Remote Desktop to work. The following steps will work for both a local network and the Internet.
  2. Open a command prompt. Open the Start menu and type “command prompt” in the search box, then click “Command Prompt” when it appears in the search results.
  3. Type “ipconfig” and press Enter. This will display the target computer’s IP configuration. Write down the address next to “IPV4 Address.” The connecting computer will need this address to connect.

Part 3

Allow Remote Desktop Connections through the Target Computer’s Firewall
  1. From the control panel, click “System and Security.” This will open the System and Security control panel.
  2. Click “Allow a program through Windows Firewall." Choose “Change Settings" to specify which program you want to allow.
  3. Image titled Use Remote Desktop in Windows 7 Step 3 Put a check in the box next to Remote Desktop. Click “OK” to save and exit. If you want to reverse these firewall settings at any time, navigate back to this location and remove the check from Remote Desktop.

Part 4

Running Remote Desktop on the Connecting Computer
  1. On the Windows 7 computer connecting to the target, open the Start menu and type “Remote Desktop” in the search box. When "Remote Desktop Connection" appears in the search results, click on it.
  2. Enter the IP address of the target computer. This is the IPv4 address you previously collected from the other system. Press “Connect.”
  3. Enter your login credentials. Enter the username and password of the account you configured in the target computer’s Remote Desktop settings. Click “OK.”
  4. Control the target computer remotely. You are now logged in to the target computer from your Windows 7 workstation.

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  • How do I see the task manager on the remote computer when using remote desktop?

    wikiHow Contributor

    To access the task manager on a remote computer, use "Ctrl+Alt+End" or "Ctrl+Alt+Esc."

  • I opened a program while connected to my work computer, but I can't see it. How do I make it so it's in my viewing area?

    When you open a session at the terminal and open a session from a remote computer they are not the same. You may be logged into the same computer but it is treated as separate sessions by the same user. You'll have to come up with a command line or other solution. Some programs that run fine on the terminal itself will not run properly through a remote session.

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  • Only allow Remote Desktop connections from people you trust.
  • Use Remote Desktop to show your less computer-savvy friends and family how to use different features on their computers.
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