In 7 steps you will learn how to set up Remote Desktop with Windows 7. Each step has a screenshot making it very easy setting up Remote Desktop Connection. Update: Learn how to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 10 with PowerShell, Group Policy, WMI and psexec.

Remote Desktop tutorial was written by Gilberto J. Perera from 

This guide below will walk you through the process of setting up your Windows 7 computer to handle incoming Remote Desktop Connections from authenticated users and how to connect to a remote computer. If you have any comments or questions, please post them below.

Note: Windows 7 build 7000 was used for this guide

Setting Up Remote Desktop


1. Go to Start (the Orb) > Control Panel > User Accounts


2. In the Control Panel, click on the System and Security link


3. Under System click on Allow remote access


4. Select Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication under Remote Desktop. Click Apply.

Note: If you would like to connect using a computer that does not support Network Level Authentication choose Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.


5. Click on the Select Users… button and click the Add button in the Remote Desktop Users window.


6. Click the Advanced… button in the Select Users window, click on the Find Now button to locate the users that you would like to grant access to via Remote Desktop, click on the user and click OK when done.


7. Click OK 3 times to exit all of the dialog boxes.

Your Windows 7 Machine is now ready to be connected via Remote Connection.

Connecting to a Remote Desktop

This section will walk you through the process of connecting to a remote desktop on your network.


1. Go to Start (the Orb) > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection


2. Type the address of the remote computer in the Computer: text box, click Connect

Note: I connected to a computer located on my network


3. Sign-on to the computer when prompted for credentials.


  1. Beavis 11 years ago

    I have Windows 7 Ultimate on all my PC’s. I want to remotely control another Windows 7 Ultimate computer that is 80 miles away. I CAN do it easily with LogMeIn and GoToMyPC, but I don’t feel like paying a monthly subscription fee to them. When either my ISP or Dell do tech support on my computer, they have some tiny application which gives them full control over my PC. Why can’t the application built into WINDOWS 7 work? I can’t comprehend that hundreds of millions of computers are running Windows, yet Microsoft can’t provide working instructions for remote control.

  2. lol 11 years ago

    TeamViewer the best

  3. Glenn Wagner 11 years ago

    My Remote Tab has the option Allow Remote assistance but none of the 3 security options. When I try to connect from another laptop on same network it doesn’t connect syaing computer not recognised. Odd as I can browse/connect to all resources via Windows EXplorer.

  4. Nikolas Bates 11 years ago

    @Rain comment 74 – create another user with a different name and password but same privileges (if you wish) then you’ll remain logged in the host as user 1 and still be able to log in remotely as user 2

    @Beavis comment 76 – actually MS did indeed allow such (easy) access in their earlier versions of Windows (NT series) but these were abused by malicious hackers as ‘backdoors’ and such PCs taken over and abused as ‘zombies’. Hence, for enhanced security, MS has now removed such easy access to remote log in. Google ‘Back Orifice’ for more info.

    There are other ‘free’ (no payment required) options available (some with restrictions) like TeamViewer, CrossLoop, VNC and UltraVNC. Search ‘remote desktop’ in Wikipedia for a complete round up.

  5. Justin Krauss 11 years ago

    I used concurrent RDP patcher As noted above you will need to be very cautious about security. We handled that via a VPN Tunnel and then an RDP session into the server.

  6. Gene 10 years ago

    Concerning step 4: My system does NOT show any dialog box
    called “Remote Desktop” with 3 options as shown in your
    example. I am stuck at that point. I am running Windows 7
    Home Premium – Service Pack 1. Please help. Thanks.

  7. musa 10 years ago

    Concerning steo4: My show the dialog box but the 3 options are not there and am running windows7

  8. anon 10 years ago

    Thank you!!

  9. Eugene 10 years ago

    This is also good.
    The software works well, Ammyy Admin doesn’t require installation or specific config, works behind gateways NAT as well as within one LAN.

  10. DL 10 years ago

    re Gene’s – Concerning step 4: My system does NOT show any dialog box
    called “Remote Desktop” with 3 options – Microgreed does not provide RDP on Home Edition you require Pro or Ultimate.

  11. syed 7 years ago

    how should i connect if iam using a thin hp thin client

  12. sandeep 7 years ago

    After the installation of Service Pack 1, Remote Desktop in Windows 7 has problems.

    This update fixes the issue.

  13. venus 5 years ago


    how can I Setup Remote Desktop with powershell?

    thanks in advance

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