Nowadays, technology is really superior as it is. Imagine needing to send a file saved in your computer in the office but you are already at the comforts of your home. In this day and age, you do not need to rush back to your office to finish your job. Through the Remote Desktop, you will be able to connect to your computer across the Internet from virtually any computer or Pocket PC. You can now access your files, programs or e-mail wherever you are as though you are actually sitting in front of your computer at work. Learn how to use remote desktop with these steps.

How to Use Remote Desktop

You must have administrative rights to enable remote desktop on the host computer, which is the computer that you will connect from a remote location. Windows XP Professional, or Windows Vista , Enterprise, Windows 7 should be installed in the host computer. On the other hand, the client, which is the computer from which you want to connect, must be running Windows 95 or later and must have Remote Desktop Communications client software. This is automatically installed on computers with Windows XP and Vista.

  • On your host computer,remote desktop feature should be featured by clicking on the Start menu then Control Panel. Choose System then select on the Remote tab. Click Allow users to connect remotely to this computer, and then OK.


  • Next, set up Windows Firewall to allow exceptions. In the Control Panel, select Security Center.


  • Then click on Windows firewall under Manage security settings for.


  • Untick the Don’t allow exceptions check box.


  • Make sure that the Remote Desktop check box is selected under the Exceptions tab.


  • When done, click OK then close the window. Your host computer can now be accessed through remote connections.


  • Again, go to Control Panel and select on System. In the Computer Name tab, you will see the Full computer name, which you will need later on to access your host computer through your remote computer. Write down the Full computer name of your host computer then close the Control Panel window.
  • The host computer should be left connected to the network with Internet and locked.


  • On the client or remote computer, go to Start, then All Programs, and then Accessories. Go to Communications, and then select Remote Desktop Connection.


  • Give the full computer name of your host computer you wrote down earlier in the space provided next to Computer.


  • Select Connect button.
  • In the Log On to Windows dialog box, put in  your username, password, and domain, and then click OK.


  •  You can now access your host computer as if you are in the office. Note that your host computer remains locked while you access it remotely, unless somebody enters your password.


  • When you are done, select Start, and then Shut Down in the Remote Desktop connection Window.


  • In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, select Log Off username in the drop-down menu. Username is your username on the remote computer. Then click OK.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Cristian. He is the owner and editor of Groupiest, a website teaching otherwebmasters how to create a social network for free. He is technology and gadgets junkie with a degree in electronics.