How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11 and 10

You can enable Remote Desktop on a Windows computer to allow remote access to your computer on a private, or public network. You can use this feature to control the computer device through an external device. In this guide, we will walk you through how to enable Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 11 or 10 using the Settings app or Control Panel.

With the help of the Remote Desktop feature, you can access your files and apps, data without physically controlling your computer. Go through this guide to enable the Remote Desktop Connection.

Important:

The remote Dekstop feature is not available on Windows 11 Home, only on the Pro and Enterprise versions. Alternatively, you can use Chrome Remote Desktop. You can use the Chrome Remote Desktop app to allow remote access on Windows 11/10 Home.

Enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11/10 using Settings app

  1. Press the Windows + I shortcut key to open the Settings app.
  2. Click the System.
  3. Then, click the Remote Desktop.
Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop
  1. Turn on the Enable Remote Desktop using toggle button.
  2. Click the confirm button.
Remote Desktop Connection

Once you complete the above steps, you are ready to connect to your computer using the Remote Desktop app. And make sure, the (Remote Desktop Protocol) RDP port is open to allow the remote desktop connection.

As soon as you enable the Remote Desktop feature, you notice that two additional options appear below (Keep my PC awake for connection when it’s plugged in and Make my PC discoverable on private networks to enable automatic connection from a remote device).

Click the Advanced settings link to open the Advanced settings. On the Advanced setting page, you’ll find some additional options, such as Network Level Authentication, External Connections, Remote Desktop Port.

  • Network Authenticatin feature makes the connection more secure by requring the user to authenticate with the network before they connect to a computer via remote desktop protocol.
  • External connections allows you to connect to a computer outside the private network.
  • Remote Desktop Port – You can change the Remote Desktop or RDP port. The default RDP port is 3389, but you can change this port usign Registry on Winows.

Enable Remote Desktop using Control Panel

Although we have a Settings app that is a more convenient way to do the same thing, using the Control Panel you can do the same as well. The following steps will show you how to do this.

  1. In the Taskbar search box, serach the Control Panel.
  2. You should see the Control Panel in the search result.
  3. Open the Contro Panel.
  4. Click the System and Security.
  5. Under the System section, click the Allow remote access.
Enable Remote Dekstop using Control Panel
  1. This open the System Properties window.
  2. On the Remote tab, under the Remote Desktop section, select the Allow remote connections to this computer option.
Enable Remote Dekstop using Control Panel
  1. Click the Apply then OK.

Once you complete the above steps, you can connect to a computer using the Remote Desktop client.

You can use the Control Panel to enable the Remote Desktop on Windows 11, 10, and the previous versions, such as Windows 8, Windows 7. But, you can only turn on the Remote Desktop feature via the Settings app, only on Windows 11, 10, and later versions.

This is all about enabling the Remote Desktop on Windows 11 and previous versions. I hope this guide is helpful for you; if you have any feedback, feel free to mention it below in the comment section.

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