Connect To Windows 10 Using Remote Desktop (RDP)

In our previous article, we had learned how to configure Windows 10 to access Remote Desktop Protocol connections. Now, let's see how to establish a connection to Windows 10 using RDP.


First of all, ensure that you had properly configured RDP in Windows 10.

Now, you can connect to your Remote Desktop host from another PC, using the built-in mstsc.exe tool. You can launch it directly from the Run dialog.

Press Win + R hotkeys on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear on the screen. Type the following into the text box and press Enter:


Mstsc Run Dialog

Alternatively, you can find it in the Start menu under Windows Accessories\Remote Desktop Connection.

Enable RDP Start Menu Windows 10

Tip: Use alphabet navigation to find it quickly.

In the Remote Connection Dialog, enter the IP address of the computer you need to connect to.

Mstsc Software

Tip: You can find the computer's IP address as described in the following article:

How to see your IP address in Windows 10

You might want to adjust some of the options before connecting. Click the button Options and check the Display, Local Resources and Experience tabs.
Here is my setup:

Mstsc Software Options Button

Mstsc Software Display TabMstsc Software Local Resources TabMstsc Software Experience Tab

Finally, click the Connect button.

Note: Windows 10 doesn't allow you to have concurrent connections. This means if a local user is using the remote PC when you sign in with RDP, the local user will be locked out to the Welcome screen.

Connection Warning ServerConnection Warning Client

Server Locked

If a local user signs in, your remote session will be terminated.Client Disconnect Warning 2Client Disconnect Warning

Also, you won't be able to connect using an account with a blank password.

In the screenshot below, you can see my Remote Desktop connection, which is made from Windows XP to Windows 10.

Client Connected

The next image demonstrates the same from Linux using the "rdesktop" client software.

Client Connected From Linux

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Connect To Windows 10 Using Remote Desktop (RDP)”

  1. I get the error “The credentials that were used to connect to did not work. Please enter new credentials”. what should I do?

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