How To Enable Remote Desktop (RDP) in Windows 10

Remote Desktop Protocol, or just RDP, is a special network protocol which allows a user to establish a connection between two computers and access the Desktop of a remote host. It is used by Remote Desktop Connection. The local computer is often referred to as the "client". In this article, we'll see how to configure Windows 10 to allow incoming RDP connections and connect to a remote host.


Before we continue, here are some details about how RDP works. While any edition of Windows 10 can act as Remote Desktop Client, to host a remote session, you need to be running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. You can connect to a Windows 10 Remote Desktop host from another PC running Windows 10, or from an earlier Windows version like Windows 7 or Windows 8, or Linux. Windows 10 comes with both client and server software out-of-the-box, so you don't need any extra software installed. I will use Windows 10 "Creators Update" version 1703 as a Remote Desktop Host.

Here is how to enable RDP in Windows 10.

To allow and configure incoming RDP connections in Windows 10, do the following.

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:


System Properties Advanced In The Run Dialog

Advanced System Properties will open.

System Properties Advanced

Go to the Remote tab.

System Properties Remote Tab

In the "Remote Desktop" box, select the option Allow remote connections to this computer. It is disabled by default.

Enable RDP In Windows 10

If you are going to connect to this computer from Windows Vista or Windows XP, untick the option "Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication". Otherwise, older versions of Windows won't be able to connect to your Remote Desktop.Enable RDP Legacy Connections In Windows 10

Users with administrative privileges already have rights to connect over RDP. If you need to allow the connection for a regular user account, click the "Select users" button. In the screenshot below, I allowed the connection for the user Bob, who has a regular user account.

Select RDP Users

That's it! Now see How to connect to Windows 10 using Remote Desktop (RDP).

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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.

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