How to Enable a Remote Desktop From a Command Line


The Windows Remote Desktop application is a tool used by administrators to access and use remote computers located on a network or the Internet. Remote Desktop opens a console on the local machine, connects to another computer and remote controls the desktop. To enable and start a Remote Desktop connection, the administrator can use a graphical interface. However, he can also use the DOS command prompt.

  • Click the Windows Start button and select "Run." Enter "cmd" into the text box displayed and press the "Ok" button. This opens the command prompt.

  • Enter "mstsc.exe" into the command prompt. This shows you a list of options and syntax for the Remote Desktop software.

  • Enter "mstsc /v: MyComputer /f" into the command prompt. Replace "MyComputer" with the connection machine. The "/f" switch indicates that you want to enable the software using a full screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you use the command prompt to enable the Remote Desktop, you are unable to save the settings for future use.

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