NOTE: Users interested in enabling RDP connections on a Windows 10 machine have all the information they need in the following article. Windows 11, the newest version of the OS, has many similarities with Windows 10, making the procedures outlined below appropriate for implementing RDP connectivity on either operating system.
To setup remote desktop connections in Windows 10 to give remote access to the devices, users will need to enable remote desktop on Windows 10 first.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is most frequently used to provide technical support or control a computer without physically working on it. This is done via the new Remote Desktop app or classic “Remote Desktop Connection”.
In the following guide, we’ll explain how to enable RDP on Windows 10 using the Settings app or the Control Panel, which will allow you to gain remote control over your device, remotely manage files and apps.
Please note: Remote Desktop is not available on Windows 10 Home edition. Remote Desktop is only available for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.
How to allow RDP connections on Windows 10 using Settings
Using the Settings app, follow the steps below to enable remote access on Windows 10:
- Open Settings on a Windows 10 device and select “System”.
- Click “Remote Desktop”.
- Toggle the “Enable Remote Desktop” switch to “On”.
- Hit “Confirm”.
After turning on the remote desktop on Windows 10 via the Settings app, it’s time to connect to the remote computer using the modern Remote Desktop application (recommended) or with the built-in Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) utility that comes with every Windows version.
Once you’ve allowed Windows 10 remote desktop connections, users will see two additionally enabled options after turning on Remote Desktop:
- • Keep my PC awake for connection when it’s plugged in.
- • Make my PC discoverable on private networks to enable automatic connection from a remote device.
These settings ensure that users always can connect to the remote machine whenever they like.
If users go to the “Advanced settings” window, they’ll see extra advanced features, like the option to require computers to utilize “Network Level Authentication” when connecting remotely.
This ensures the connections are more secure by restricting access only to those who cannot authorize the connection with the network before they can access the device.
Users will also find the current Remote Desktop port on the “Advanced settings” page. This information is useful if the user ever needs to reconfigure a router to permit remote desktop access from outside of their network.
Note: By default, the port number should always be 3389.
How to allow remote connections on Windows 10 using the Control Panel
Even though the Settings app is an easy option for enabling remote access, it can also be done using the Control Panel. Below you’ll find the instructions on how to enable remote desktop on Windows 10 via the Control Panel:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Select “System and Security”.
- Below the “System” section, click “Allow remote access”.
- Below the “Remote Desktop” section, enable “Allow remote connections to this computer”.
- Hit “Apply” and then “OK”.
Once the settings are configured, users can select one of the available clients from a different machine to remotely connect with a device.
Please note: Enabling RDP access in Windows 10 via the Control Panel, makes the “Network Level Authentication” option switched on by default (however, it is an option that users should turn on regardless).
While enabling RDP access through the Control Panel is available on the previous versions like Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, the “Settings” app is only present on Windows 10 and higher.