Use Windows 10 As A Remote Desktop Host

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If you have Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise, you can configure your computer to act as a Remote Desktop Host. That means if you use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to your computer from a remote system, you can control your PC and access your Desktop, just as if you were sitting in front of it. Remote Desktop Host on Windows 10 has a few limitations compared to the Remote Desktop feature on Windows Server – only one user can remote connect to the Windows 10 computer at a time, and if someone is using the computer locally, a remote user can’t log into the system. Nevertheless, it is still a useful feature in a variety of situations.

By default, Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise comes with the Remote Desktop Host feature disabled. To enable and configure the feature, first summon the Administrative Menu by hitting the WINDOWS+X keys simultaneously. Once the Administrative Menu appears, click on the System item. This will open the System control panel. Once it opens, click on the Remote Settings link in the left-hand column.

This will open the System Properties dialog box with the Remote tab selected. Under the Remote Desktop category, select the radio button for “Allow remote connections to this computer”.

Next, you will need to select which users are allowed to connect to your PC. By default, any users with administrative rights (the ability to add and remove programs and alter system settings) can connect via Remote Desktop after it is enabled. To add additional users, click on the Select Users button on the Remote tab of the System Properties dialog box. From here you can add additional users. Note that any non-administrative users that do not have permission to access Remote Desktop cannot use Remote Desktop Connection to access the PC.

Once you have finished, click the OK button of the System Properties dialog box, and Remote Desktop will be enabled.

-JM