Enable, Disable, Use Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10

The Remote Desktop Protocol in Windows 10/8/7 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.

Windows Remote Desktop Connections enables people to connect any Windows PC with another through a network. It is the new age device sharer that helps you view and access another computer without being physically present there. The desktop and folders and files of the host computer will be visible to the connected computer. This feature makes life easier for system admin, tech support teams, and end users trying to work from home or access the personal home device from work.

In this post, we will see you can enable or disable Remote Desktop Connection via the Control Panel or Windows Settings and how to use Remote Desktop to connect to a Windows 10 PC

Enable, Disable, Use Remote Desktop Connection

Via Control Panel


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).

1] The ‘Don’t allow remote connections to this computer’ option

This will hide your PC from all computers using Remote Desktop Connections. You too cannot use your device as a host until you change the visibility.

2] The ‘Allow remote connections to this computer’ option

This option, as appears in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, enables users to connect to your PC irrespective of which version their PC is running. This option also enables a third-party Remote Desktop, say, a Linux device maybe, to connect to your device. In Windows 7, this is called ‘Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop’. Naming on Windows 7 is better explained.

3] The ‘Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication’ option

This is what you need to use if the client computer has the Remote Desktop Connection client. Remote Desktop Client 6.0 made this more exclusive.

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.

Via Windows Settings

This procedure is for the people who use recent versions of Windows 10:

Go to the Start Menu and tap the cogwheel to launch Settings. Alternately you could press ‘Windows + I’ keys to open Windows Settings. Next, go to ‘System’ from ‘Settings’ and find the ‘Remote Desktop’ option at the left in System. Click it and wait for the ‘Remote Desktop’ page to load.Enable and Use Remote Desktop Connection In Windows 10


A prompt will appear. Click Yes.

Once you do this, you will see additional settings appear:

remote desktop in windows10

You can configure your options for the following settings:

  1. Keep my PC awake for connections when it is plugged in
  2. Make my PC discoverable on private networks to enable automatic connection from a remote device

If you need more options, click on Advanced settings.


Here you will see some additional settings that you can configure.

Note: Ever since Remote Desktop Client 6.0, Remote Desktop Connections only work with Network Level Authentication. If you don’t want to share admin credentials, go to the Remote Desktop Settings and click ‘Select users that can remotely access this PC’ and customize for yourself. There are options to get rid of this restriction too though.Select Users That Can Remotely Access this PC

Don’t forget to click ‘OK’ at the end of everything in order to enable Remote Desktop Connection.

PS: To learn how to use Remote Desktop to connect to a Windows 10 PC, visit this post titled – Set up & use Windows Remote Assistance.

It is recommended to select the users you want to share admin info with. Share your device info only with trusted users on familiar devices.

TIP: 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 10/8.1
  2. Remotely access another computer using Chrome Remote Desktop
  3. Microsoft Remote Desktop Assistant tool will help you make your PC ready to use Remote Desktop applications.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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.


  1. Raju Rai

    It’s quite little different than Windows 7

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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.

  5. Don Watters

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

  6. Emilíana Chávez

    bummer that explains it. thanks

  7. Eugene

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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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  16. 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

  17. Paul Lawrence

    TeamViewer is only free for non business/commercial use.

  18. J

    I have a family member who has hacked all my accounts and computers I’ve went threw several different ones but being that he has no life and lives next door in a uhaul truck camper thing, but he gets these programs online to remote into my computers and controls what I can access and adds things that I don’t even realize are not standard basic windows 10 features and or programs or settings can some one help me

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