Allow someone to connect to your computer using Remote Desktop Connection

You or someone you choose can access your computer from a remote computer, but first you need to allow remote connections.

Watch this video to learn how to allow someone to connect to your computer using Remote Desktop Connection (1:25)

To allow someone to connect to your computer using Remote Desktop Connection

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

  2. In the left pane, click Remote settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Under Remote Desktop, select one of the options to allow connections. For more information about these options, see What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow?

    Picture of the System Properties dialog box
    System Properties dialog box
  4. Click Select Users.

  5. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.

  6. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:

    • To specify the search location, click Locations.

    • To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.

    • In the Enter the object names to select box, type the user name that you want to search for, and then click Check Names. If the user name isn't found, click Advanced to run an advanced search.

  7. When you find the correct name, click OK.

    The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

  8. Click OK, and then click OK again.