Windows 8 : Configuring and using Remote Desktop (part 1) - Configuring Remote Desktop

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Configuring Remote Desktop

Before you can use Remote Desktop on a system, it has to be enabled, and the users who will have access to this method of connection must be selected.

When would you use Remote Desktop? Consider the following scenario. Your company hired three new help desk staff members to help with a project over the summer. The project involves about 15 workstations running Windows 8 at three locations throughout the region.

Your boss asks you to make sure the help desk staff can access these computers remotely to save on travel expenses. Allowing access to Remote Desktop on the workstations is a viable option, but allowing only the administrator account or the domain administrator group to have this access does not solve the problem unless you also provide that set of credentials to the help desk staff. In this situation, adding user accounts or groups to Remote Desktop access could be worth your time.



Remote Desktop connections can allow complete control of a computer. When choosing user accounts to allow Remote Desktop connections, be mindful of security and the role of the user and computer.

To enable Remote Desktop access on a computer, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the desktop from the Start screen.

  2. Select the Settings charm.

  3. Choose Control Panel.

  4. In Control Panel, select System And Security. Under System, select Allow Remote Access.

  5. Select Allow Remote Connections To This Computer, as shown in Figure 1.



    Alternatively, you can access Allow Remote Access by searching for Remote Assistance on the Start screen.

    Enable Remote Desktop

    Figure 1. Enable Remote Desktop

  6. If you need to connect to this system from versions of Windows earlier than Windows Vista, clear the check box for Allow Connections Only From Computers Running Remote Desktop With Network Level Authentication (Recommended). If you will be using Windows Vista and later versions, make sure the check box is selected.

  7. Tap or click Select Users.

  8. Type the user names of any people or groups that will need Remote Desktop access to this computer and tap or click OK.

  9. Tap or click OK in the System Properties dialog box to save these changes. Remote Desktop is now enabled.



When configuring Remote Desktop on a computer, the account that is signed in to enable the settings is granted access through Remote Desktop.

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