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Initiate and Use Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

When working with large enterprise organizations many people use Remote Desktop connection to perform administrative tasks on remote machines. Remote machines can be either at local premises in some different room or campus or at a distant place which might be geographically apart and connected through a virtual private network. Whatsoever the case is Remote Desktop connection proves to be quite handy feature when it comes to management of multiple computers at different locations. Apart from large organizations home users can also use Remote Desktop connection feature in order to manage computers which are kept in different rooms. Initiating and using Remote Desktop connection feature is quite easy and the steps do so are given below:

  • Logon to your local computer with any account of your choice. (Since you will be using this computer to connect to remote machine do not require administrative privileges here).
  • Once logged on click on Start button and at the bottom of start menu in search box type mstsc command and press enter key.
  • On Remote Desktop Connection console box in the available text box in front of Computer type the IP address of the remote machine to which you want to connect and click on Connect button.
  • Once done you will be asked for the credentials (user name and password) of remote machine. Type in the appropriate information and click Ok button.
  • Accept all the confirmation boxes that appear to continue the process.


To remote desktop to any computer you need to have the administrator account or any other account who is the member of Remote Desktop Users group on the remote machine. Also remote computer should be configured to accept Remote Desktop connections which is by default turned off for security reasons.

More Info:

Optionally you can go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection to remote desktop to the remote machine.