How to control a PC remotely

How to control a PC remotely? Under Windows (from XP to Windows 8), the option” Remote Desktop connection “ allows you to log on to the host computer from another machine called a “client”. And it’s simpler than it sounds!

How to control a PC remotely


Windows Remote Desktop Connection

  • The “client” PC, the one that connects to the other machine, must use the Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise version of Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • The 2 computers must be on the same network. It can be the Internet or a local network
  • To connect to another host PC, you need to know either its IP address or its DNS name
  • Ports 3389 on both machines must be open. To authorize the “Remote Desktop Connection” feature, go to the “Windows Firewall” menu then “Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall”. You can also open the port manually by changing the incoming traffic rules.

The instructions

The first step is to allow remote access on the host machine. To do this, go to the Control Panel under the “System” tab> “Remote use settings”.

Remote Desktop Connection Control Panel

This is where you will be able to “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”.

Allow users to connect remotely