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How to setup and use Windows 7 remote desktop connection (RDC)?

Remote Desktop connection or a service is a component of Windows which allows the user to take control over another device or virtual machine using a network connection. Remote desktop connection is a special built in feature of Windows 7. In this article we will get to know about how to setup and use Windows 7 remote desktop connection (RDC).

Using the Remote Desktop connection you can take control over another computer via an internet connection. To enable a remote connection, firstly, you need to enable the remote connection on the target computer. A target computer/device is the device to which you want the access to take control. After enabling the Remote connection you need to find the exact IP address of the target computer/device. Therefore, now you can connect to the target device using another system.

Also, read the alternatives of Remote Desktop Connection if you are not fine with it.

Setup and Use of Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)

To enable a remote desktop connection you need to first setup and then can use it to the full. Here are some steps to enable and also how to use the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC).

Setting up Remote Desktop Connection

To set up a remote desktop connection, you need to have the full access to your device. Make sure that you run your system by logging into an Administrator account before you get into this process. Below are a few simple steps illustrated to set up your remote desktop connection.

Remote Desktop Connection

  1. Open Control Panel

    Go to Start menu and open the Control panel option listed on the right side menu of Start icon. Or you can directly find it in search menu. Control panel in start menu

  2. Change your view by settings

    In the control panel menu go to the top right and you will find the view by option listed. Click on the view by option and change that to Large icons. This will enable you to access all the control panel options under a single window. View by icons in Control Panel

  3. Go to System

    Click on the System option listed in the Control panel options. You will find it nearly at the bottom of the page.System settings in Control Panel

  4. Click on Remote settings

    Go to the remote settings option in the system settings page and open it. Remote settings in control panel

  5. Check the “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer” box

    Tick mark the allow remote assistance connections box to have access to remote desktop connection. Allow remote settings

  6. Add more users

    If you want the other user accounts on your computer also to have access to remote settings on the target computer select the other user accounts too. To add other user accounts
    a) Click Select Users
    b) Go to Add.
    c) Select Advanced
    d) Click Find Now.
    e) Scroll down in the pane at the bottom of the window and double-click the name of the user you want to add.
    f) Click OK on the top two open windows.

  7. Click OK

    Hit the OK option to save your settings and thereby you have enabled Remote desktop settings.

Allowing Remote Desktop Settings

Now we need to allow the remote desktop connection in the Firewall Settings. Here are a few simple steps to allow the remote desktop settings.

1)Go to Control Panel
Click on the Control panel home menu if you have not closed the control panel page. You can reopen it if you have already closed it.

2) Go to Windows Firewall
You will the Windows firewall option in the Control panel home page. Go to the Windows firewall to access the Firewall settings.

Windows Firewall

3) Click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall
You will find an option on the top left corner of the page named Allow an app or feature through Windows firewall. Click on it.

4) Go to Change settings option
Click on the Change settings option.

Change settings in Allow app to feature through Windows 7

5) Check the Remote Desktop box
Scroll down and check the remote desktop box. This will allow the remote desktop connection through windows firewall settings.

6) Click on OK
Click on OK to save your settings.

Finding Target computer’s IP Address

After enabling and allowing the remote desktop connection we need to find the target computer’s IP address. Here are a few simple steps on how to find your target computer’s IP address.

1)Setting Static IP address
To set up a static IP address is a good way to handle the connection. This is because a static IP address does not change when your device disconnects or your computer reconnects to that particular network. This simply means that the IP address you set up will work in the future too. Otherwise on the other case you need to find the IP address whenever you want to reconnect to the device. To setup a static IP address

  • Find your router’s IP address.
  • Go to your router’s IP address in a web browser and log in with your router’s credentials if prompted.
  • Find the list of currently connected computers and select your computer.
  • Make the IP address static by clicking the lock icon or similar.
  • Wait for your router to finish rebooting.
Static IP address

2) Open a Web browser
Go to any web browser on the target computer and open it. The web browsers may be Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet explorer etc.

3) Open WhatIsmyIP
After opening the browser enter in the target computer’s web browser.

4) Find your public IP address
Next to the “Your Public IPv4 is” heading at the top of the page, you’ll find your target computer’s public IP address.

5) Log out
Go to the log out option in Start menu and log out of the target computer.

Connecting via Remote Desktop Connection

1)Search for Remote Desktop
Go to start menu and in the search box enter REMOTE DESKTOP and search for it.

2) Click on Remote Desktop Connection
In the search results you will find the Remote Desktop connection option. Click on it.

Remote Desktop connection window

3) Enter the IP address
Click the “Computer” text box in the middle of the Remote Desktop window and enter the IP address of the target computer.

4) Click on Connect
Click on the connect option listed below

5) Enter the login credentials
When prompted enter the login credentials i.e, the Administrator login id and the password for the account which you have enabled the Remote desktop. If you added another user to Remote Desktop, you can enter their credentials instead to access their account.

6) Click on OK
Click on OK to connect your computer to the target computer. It may take a few minutes to finalize the connection.

Hence your system has been setup and is ready to use the Remote Desktop Connection. Now you are free to pursue your Remote connection as you would like to.

To conclude: The above are the few different steps you need to follow to setup, enable and use your Remote Desktop connection. To explore some cool stuff in regard to tech articles, reviews and how to’s etc., visit Comment your views below in the comment section and also share the content. Cheers!

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