Got the latest version of your favorite operating system and can’t wait to set it up to be accessible from a remote PC? In our simple guide, we’ll tell you how to enable remote desktop connections on Windows 11 without any hassle.
Does Windows 11 support the Remote Desktop Protocol?
Windows 11 is officially available with a fresh new look and a load of impressive features designed to make your life easier and more productive. Lucky owners of eligible devices have already experienced the great advantages of the recent update.
In addition to a bunch of new outstanding capabilities, Windows 11 retains support for the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which is especially important for those who are used to working with remote desktops day-to-day.
RDP provides an efficient way to get full access to your Windows PC from another Windows, Mac, or Linux computer in order to transfer files, play video games, operate locally-attached peripherals, etc.
In order to create a remote connection, you first need to enable the Remote Desktop functionality.
Whether you have a Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise edition, you will have no problem turning on this option on your computer.
However, if you are wondering how to set up a Remote Desktop on Windows 11 Home, we’d recommend that you resort to the help of third-party solutions like Teamviewer or Chrome Remote Desktop. Currently, the native Remote Desktop app is not available for Windows 11 Home Edition.
Now let’s take a closer look at how to turn on RDP on Windows 11 with one of the below methods.
Method 1. System Settings
Probably the easiest way is to enable the remote desktop option in Windows 11 is by using the Settings app:
- Open Start > search for Settings > click the top result and open the app.
- In the Settings window, select System. Then click Remote Desktop on the right side.
- Click the toggle switch button to enable the Remote Desktop option. Confirm your action in the pop-up message.
Once done, your PC is set up to connect to other RDP-ready machines. To establish the required connection, you can use, for example, the pre-installed Remote Desktop Connection app.
Method 2: Setting up Remote Desktop on Windows 11 via the Control Panel app
Another simple way to enable a remote connection on Windows 11 is by using the Control Panel app:
- Open Start > search for Control Panel > click the top result and open the app.
- Click System and Security.
- Next, click Allow remote access in the System section.
- The System Properties window will appear. Open the Remote tab and check the box “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer” in the section Remote Assistance. Then, select “Allow remote connections to this computer” in the section Remote Desktop.
- Hit OK.
- That’s it! Now, it’s possible to connect to this computer from a remote machine over RDP. All what’s left to do is choose a client application that will work best for you.
Method 3: Turning on Remote Desktop on Windows 11 via the Command Prompt app
The Command Prompt app gives you another efficient way to configure Remote Desktop on Windows 11. This is how it works:
- Open Start > search for cmd > Run the Command Prompt app as administrator.
- Once the Command Prompt window opens, enter the following command and click Enter:
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
This will allow Remote Desktop access on your Windows 11 device.
If you would like to enable RDP connections through the Windows Firewall, you should also enter:
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=Yes
Method 4: How to turn on Remote Desktop on Windows 11 via PowerShell.
Take the following steps to use the PowerShell app on Windows 11 to enable remote access over RDP:
- Open Start > search for powershell > Run the PowerShell app as administrator.
- In the PowerShell window, enter the following command and click Enter:
Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 0
- As an option, you may enable remote connections through the Windows Firewall by adding the command below:
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop"
- Here it is! This will let you create remote connections to the PC even if it has the firewall enabled.
How does Windows 11 differ from Windows 10?
When it comes to Windows 11 Remote Desktop settings and how they differ from the RDP settings on Windows 10, a noteworthy detail is that the settings are similar and you won’t have a problem configuring RDP on one of the platforms if you are aware of how it works on the other one.