How to Enable RDP in Windows 7 Home Edition

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Remote Desktop Protocol, also known as Remote Desktop Connection or just Remote Desktop, is an application that runs in Windows and allows you to access and log into a remote computer. Once logged in, you can interact with the remote computer's desktop as if you're sitting in front of the machine. All Microsoft Windows operating systems ship with the Remote Desktop client pre-installed. However, the application is not enabled in Windows 7 until you configure the program.

Enable Remote Desktop Connection

  • Click the Windows "Start" button, then right-click "Computer."

  • Click "Properties" from the context menu.

  • Click the "Remote Settings" option in the left navigation pane.

  • Type the administrator password, if prompted, and click "OK."

  • Select one of the "Allow Other Users to Access This Computer" options and click the "Select Users" option.

  • Click the "Add" button to add Remote Desktop Users.

  • Type the usernames of the users to add into the Users input box and click "OK." The administrator account is automatically added as a Remote User.

Start and Run the Remote Desktop Client

  • Click the Windows "Start" button to show the Search box.

  • Type "Remote Desktop Connection" without quotes into the Search box and press the "Enter" key.

  • Type the fully qualified domain name or IP address for the remote computer and click the "Connect" button.

  • Type the username and password for the Remote User account and click "OK."

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