Enable, Disable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 8.1

The Remote Desktop Protocol in Windows provides a graphical interface to the user, when he connects his or her computer to another computer over a network connection, using the Remote Desktop Connection client software. At the same time, the other computer must be running the Remote Desktop Services server software.

In this post, we will see you can enable or disable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 8.1 Pro.

Enable, Disable Remote Desktop Connection


Open System Properties box via the Control Panel. Or else, open a command prompt window, type SystemPropertiesRemote.exe and hit Enter to open the Remote tab of the System Properties box.

Under Remote Desktop, you will see three options:

  • Don’t allow remote connections to this computer
  • Allow remote connections to this computer.

Additionally, you will also see the following option:

  • Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended).

Select the desired option and click on Apply.

To enable Remote Desktop Connection select  Allow remote connections to this computer. Moreover, it is recommended that you Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication only.

To disable Remote Desktop Connection select Don’t allow remote connections to this computer.

If you do not wish to share your administrator credentials with others, click Select Users to add users.

remote-desktop-usersOnce this is done, you or the users will now be able to connect using the Remote Desktop Connection to your computer.

You can see here, all the Command line parameters for Remote Desktop Connection.

You might want to have a look at these posts too:

  1. Set up & use Windows Remote Assistance in Windows 8.1
  2. Remotely access another computer using Chrome Remote Desktop.
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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • http://www.facebookloginsignin.org/ Raju Rai

    It’s quite little different than Windows 7

  • Joel Nair

    The bottom section is not showing up for me. All I see is the check box for remote assistance. what am I doing wrong?

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Is is grayed out? Maybe your administrator has disabled this feature – or maybe some (security) software has disabled it.

  • Denver_Dean

    I have the same issue, the entire lower pane is blank under the advanced settings for remote assistance…. It is not grayed out, it is completely missing, just white space.

  • Don Watters

    This feature is only available in Windows 8.1 Pro, not the base (non-pro) version.

  • Emilíana Chávez

    bummer that explains it. thanks

  • Eugene

    Try this Ammyy Admin
    The software doesn’t require installation and registration. You can connect to any PC which is behind NAT.

  • Aymincendiary

    How do I go to the program in Win 8? In Windows 7 you type in Remote Desktop in the Search Bar from the Start Menu. there is no start menu in 8.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Go to the start screen and start typing. The search bar will appear …

  • Aymincendiary

    I got it. In the beginning the Remote Desktop Licensing feature would come up. But when the login portal finally came up I pinned it to my Task Bar. Thank you.

  • Julia Robert

    You can easily control and access your computer as long as you wish by using Windows built-in Remote Assistance application…

    Remote Computer Access

  • bbertrand007

    Oh please – you’re not that stupid………………RDP Server, as you well should know, is not available in all versions of Windows – been like that for decades.

  • http://remotedesktop.co/ Vali D

    Where can I find a remote desktop software? I am looking for a free version.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    You may find some free one’s here: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/tag/remote.

  • http://remotedesktop.co/ Vali D

    Thank you, Anand.

    I chosed TeamViewer. I was looking for a step-by-step guide on how to use it in Windows 7. I was tried many times, but I get nothing. No works.

    It’s that guide good? http://remotedesktop.co/how-to-setup-remote-desktop-connection-on-windows-7/


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  • Madox Mad

    I got the same issue and tried many things until i found this easy and simple solution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8erl42Zv5nA

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