Remote Desktop Connection is a technology that allows you to sit at a computer (sometimes called the client computer) and connect to a remote computer (sometimes called the host computer) in a different location. For example, you can connect to your work computer from your home computer and have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were in front of your computer at work. You can leave programs running at work and then, when you get home, you can see your work computer's desktop displayed on your home computer, with the same programs running.
Here are answers to some common questions about Remote Desktop Connection.
All editions of Windows 7 include Remote Desktop Connection.
You can use Remote Desktop to initiate a connection from any edition of Windows 7.
You can connect to computers running Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise.
You can't use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to computers running Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium.
If the computer you want to connect to is using Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or
Windows 7 Enterprise, follow these steps:
Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
In the left pane, click Remote settings.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
In the System Properties dialog box, under Remote Desktop, select one of the three options, and then click Select Users.
If you are an administrator on the computer, your current user account will automatically be added to the list of remote users and you can skip the next two steps.
In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.
In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do the following:
To specify the search location, click Locations, and then select the location you want to search.
In Enter the object names to select, type the name of the user that you want to add, and then click OK.
The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.
You can’t connect to a computer that's asleep or hibernating, so make sure the settings for sleep and hibernation on the remote computer are set to Never. (Hibernation isn't available on all computers.) For information about making those changes, see Change, create, or delete a power plan (scheme).
You can't use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a computer using Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium.
For information about allowing connections from a computer outside your home network, search for "Allow Remote Desktop connections from outside your home network" in Windows Help and Support.
Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.
In Computer, type the name of the computer you want to connect to.
Before connecting, click Options, and then make the changes you want on the Display, Local Resources, Programs, Experience, and Advanced tabs.
To save these settings for future connections, click the General tab, and then click Save.
Your system administrator is controlling those settings through Group Policy.
Also known as a fully qualified domain name (FQDN), a full computer name includes the host (computer) name, the domain name, and all the higher-level domains. For example, the full computer name of a computer named "host" might be host.example.microsoft.com.
In Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions, Remote Desktop Connection supports the use of multiple high-resolution displays in a remote session. To have the remote computer's desktop use multiple monitors, follow these steps:
Click Options, and then click the Display tab.
Select the Use all my monitors for the remote session check box, and then click Connect.
This feature is sometimes called continuous resolution. To toggle in and out of full-screen spanned mode, press Ctrl+Alt+Break.
Desktop composition cannot be used if you are using multiple monitors in your remote desktop session. Desktop composition provides the user interface elements of Aero, such as translucent windows, for remote desktop sessions.
For additional security, you can change the port that Remote Desktop Connection uses (or "listens on"), instead of using the standard port 3389. When you log on, type the remote computer name, followed by a colon and the new port number (for example, Computer1:3390). For instructions about making the change permanent, go to How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop on the Microsoft Help and Support website.