Benefits of Windows Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop feature in Microsoft operating systems has been in existence since quite a long time. However it got recognition and appreciation when its use was made quite simpler with the release of Microsoft Windows XP. In order to use Remote Desktop feature minimum two computers are required in which one computer works as a remote desktop client and the other one plays the role of remote desktop server.
With the help of Remote Desktop you can gain full access of any remote machine by bringing its entire console to your own computer. When Remote Desktop session is created you can work on the remote machine (which can be located anywhere in the office/home premises or outside) as if you are using that machine while sitting right in front of it. This saves a lot of time which you as an administrator have normally spent if you were supposed to go to remote machine physically.
In order to use Remote Desktop feature to remotely access the desktop of any machine you are required to configure that machine to accept remote desktop connections.
As a Windows 8 user if you want to enable Remote Desktop in a computer you are required to follow the steps given below:
1 Logon to the computer on which Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is installed. Make sure that you use administrative credentials to log on.
2 Click on Start button and from the appeared options on the screen click on Control Panel.
3 From the opened window click on More Settings option that is available at the bottom of the list in the left pane.
4 On Adjust your computer’s settings Window click on System icon.
5 On the opened View basic information about your computer Window click on Remote settings from the left pane.
6 On System Properties box make sure that you are on Remote tab and under Remote Desktop section click on second radio button that says Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) to accept Remote Desktop connections from any version of Microsoft Windows operating system. Alternatively you can also select third radio button that says Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure) to accept Remote Desktop connections only from computers having Windows Vista or above versions of operating systems installed on them.
7 Finally click on Ok button to save the changes that you have made.
8 In order to create Remote Desktop session to any remote machine, go to any client computer and in Run command box type MSTSC command and press enter key.
9 On the opened Remote Desktop Connection box type in the IP address or name of the remote computer in Computer field to which you want to create Remote Desktop session and click on Connect button.
10 Provide administrative credentials of the remote machine when asked by the computer.