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Reach Entire Windows 7 Computer from Remote Location

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

By default Windows 7 computer does not allow remote users to access any plug and play interfaces. This default configuration is quite ideal for production environments where security is considered as a major issue. In fact this configuration is the recommended one in medium to large scale organizations in order to make PCs and network even securer. However when working with home networks where there is one or maximum two computers connected to each other and the users are trusted this configuration can be disabled hence allowing remote access to Plug and Play interfaces (NOT RECOMMENDED though). If you want to configure this setting on your computer you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to the computer with administrator account.
  2. Click on Start button.
  3. At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc and press enter key.
  4. On Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates and expand System.
  5. From expanded list select Device Installation from the right pane double click on Allow remote access to Plug and Play interface and on the opened window select Enabled radio button.
  6. Once done click on Ok button to accept and confirm your configuration.
  7. Close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and open Command Prompt.
  8. In command window type gpupdate /force and press enter key to update your computer configuration with latest settings.
  9. Close Command Prompt.