In the Target PC
Well, before you do something about remote desktop connections and all. There are some things to be taken care of in the Target PC. By Target PC, we mean the computer, which is going to be controlled using the RDC. And, you’ll be able to use a PC as target PC only if it is running Windows 10 Pro.
If you are planning to connect to the computer using a Local Area Network, you have to make sure that a connection is there, working fine. In another scenario, if you prefer an internet-based connection, that is to be taken care of. If it is sure, let’s move on. In this post, however, we are going deeper into LAN-based Remote Desktop Access.
Enable Remote Desktop Access
This is a more important part. In order to let the connection reach your computer, you have to enable the Remote Desktop Connections in the target PC. To do that, you can follow the steps given below.
- Go to Control Panel of your PC
- Choose System and Security
- Go to the Remote Tab
- Check the option named ‘Allow Remote Assistance Connections to this computer’
- If you want to reduce messing stuff, you can un-check the checkbox given below. If not unchecked, it’ll cause some troubles during the connection time.
If you have done all these, you can press the Apply button, and then ‘OK’ to close it.
So, you have successfully enabled Remote Desktop Connections in your Windows 10 PC.
Find the IP Address
Before you move on, you should know the IP address of your Windows 10 target computer. What is to be noted here is that a static IP address is easily available in the LAN scenario, while the Internet-based connection can be more or less troublesome.
To find the IP address, you can follow the steps given below.
- Search for Run and open it; alternatively, you can press Windows Key + R
- In the text box, type ‘cmd’
- It will open the command prompt, and there, type ‘ipconfig’
- Now, you can see a page with a lot of info
- From the list, find the IPv4 IP address of the computer, which is a numerical combination with dots between.
Connecting to Another PC
Obviously, this is done from another PC, which may run Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. In both the versions, the options are same and you don’t have much stuff to mess up with. Some things are to be taken care of, though.
For instance, as we said before, both the source and target computers should be connected to a Local Area Network. If the connection is working and rest all set, you can follow the following steps to get its Remote Desktop Connection done.
- In the Start Menu, search for Remote Desktop Connection
- Click on the app shortcut to open the interface
- In the corresponding space, enter the IP address of your target computer
- If given IP address is correct, you will be asked for the username-password combination
- Upon providing the prompted data, you can see the fully-fledged remote desktop in your screen.
Now that you have connected to the target PC, you can do whatever you want. If there isn’t a person at other end of the connection, it’s advised to turn off auto-power-off modes of your lap, so that connection won’t be messed up.