How to Enable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10

The Remote desktop feature in Microsoft windows 10 allows user to access their Windows 10 PC from a remote Computer using a remote desktop client. Once you enable the remote desktop, you can access your windows 10 computer from anywhere from any device.

By default, remote desktop connection is disabled and blocked by the windows firewall in windows 10. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to enable remote desktop connection in Windows 10 Operating System.

  1. Open System Settings - Right click on the Windows start button and select System from the menu.
  2. Open Remote Desktop Settings - Click on the Remote desktop link on the left to open remote Settings window.
  3. Allow Remote Connections - Under the remote desktop section, Turn "Enable Remote Desktop" on, and then choose Confirm.
Enable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10

Enable remote desktop connection from Windows Firewall

Now we need to allow remote desktop connections to our Windows 10 PC from the windows firewall. (enabled by default in Windows 10).

  1. Open Windows Firewall (Start button > Windows System > Control Panel) - From the Control Panel Go to Systems and Security > Windows Defender Firewall.
  2. From the Firewall, Click on the Allow and app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall link in the left pane.
  3. Click Change settings and then check the box next to Remote Desktop, for both private and public networks.
  4. Click OK to save the new settings.
Enable remote desktop connection from Windows Firewall

You can now connect to your Windows 10 PC from a remote computer using a Remote Desktop Client.

From the RDP Client use the IP Address of your Windows 10 PC to connect.

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login to windows 10 remote desktop

Then, login using your Windows username and password.

remote desktop connection to windows 10 from windows 7

This way you can access your Microsoft Windows desktop from any operating system or from any device using an RDP Client.

If your RDP client throws an error when connecting to the remote PC (for example: ERROR: CredSSP: Initialize failed, do you have correct kerberos tgt initialized?), try turning off Network Level Authentication.

CredSSP: Initialize failed, do you have correct kerberos tgt initialized?

Go to Advanced settings in the Remote Desktop pane and then uncheck: "Require computers to use Network Level Authentication to connect" option.