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How To Setup And Configure Remote Desktop

How do I setup and configure remote desktop? We get this question daily so I have decided to write a reference article for you perusal. The advantage of using remote desktop is being at work and needing a document that you forgot at home and you have no time to go home and retrieve it. If you set your home computer up so you can login to it from anywhere you can retrieve that important document and save your job.

XP and Vista users do the following on the computer you wish to login to:

  • While holding down the Windows Logo Key on your keyboard press R on your keyboard. When the run box loads type in cmd and then click Ok.
  • When the DOS box loads type in ipconfig /all and write down your IP Address your Gateway Address and your DNS Server Addresses.

The following instructions are used for the computer you wish to login to remotely. To setup remote desktop in Windows XP Professional do the following:

  • Click Start and then right click My Computer and select properties. Click the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box, and then click OK as illustrated below.

remote  desktop

Next, go into control panel and select User Accounts. Click on your account and give the account a password. Remember your password as you will need it everytime you login to Windows and when you use remote desktop.

Next we have to assign your computer that you are logging into a static IP address. Click Start and then click Control Panel, scroll down the Control Panel list and click on Network Connections and then click Local Area Connection. Click on TCP/IP and then click properties.

You should now see a screen like the one illustrated below.

tcp/ip  properties sheet

  • Next, select Use The Following IP Address and enter your static IP address. For the subnet mask type in 255.255.255.0 and then type your gateway address in. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses In the first DNS box type in the first DNS address you wrote down earlier, In the second DNS box type in the second DNS address you wrote down earlier and then click Apply and Ok.

Windows Vista users do the following on the computer you wish to login to:

  • Click Start and then right click Computer. Next, select properties and then in the left window pane click Remote Settings.
  • Next, place a checkmark in the box titled Allow connections from computers running any version of remote desktop. Click Apply and then click Ok.
  • Next, click Start and then click Control Panel and then click Network and Sharing Center.
  • Next, click Manage network connections and then right click Local area connection and select properties.
  • Next, click on Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then select properties.
  • Next, select Use The Following IP Address and enter your static IP address. For the subnet mask type in 255.255.255.0 and then type your gateway address in. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses In the first DNS box type in the first DNS address you wrote down earlier, In the second DNS box type in the second DNS address you wrote down earlier and then click Apply and Ok.

One more task to accomplish and then you are free to go, lets go back into Control Panel and then double click on the Windows Firewall. Make sure the damn thing is disabled.

Now that we have completed setting up and configuring remote desktop you will need to learn how to setup and configure port forwarding on your router.