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How to configure Remote Desktop in Windows 7

Sometimes remote desktop PC access is very necessary, for example, when you forgot to copy an important document to a USB flash drive. Setting up a remote desktop helps you quickly and easily solve this problem. How do you configure remote desktop?

You can configure the remote desktop as a built-in tools of the Windows operating system, and using third-party applications. Consider an example of setting up a remote desktop for computers running Windows 7.

All that is needed to set up a remote desktop is, in fact, an enabled computer that needs to be accessed and an active Internet connection. Next – a matter of technology.

In Windows 7, there are two modes of remote access to a PC: remote assistance and remote desktop management. Remote assistant connection is possible for all versions of Windows, starting with Windows XP, and remote control of the desktop is supported only in Windows 7 (you can give access to remote control only from the professional or maximum editions of this OS).

When connecting Remote Assistance, both local and remote users can see the desktop of the computer and work with it. In the case of remote control, only 1 user can work with a PC at a time: a local PC user sees a lock screen in front of him (i.e., logs out of the system), and a remote user logs into the system and gets full access to the PC as if he were sat directly at the computer.
Remote Desktop Setup: Remote Assistance Connection
First you need to allow the connection to the desktop PC from remote computers. To do this, go to the Control Panel, select System and Security, then – System. A window for viewing information about the computer opens, with the user menu on the left. In this menu, select the Configure Remote Access item. In the window that opens, you must allow remote assistance.

When access is allowed, you need to run the Windows Remote Assistance program on the local and remote PC (Start – All Programs – Maintenance – Windows Remote Assistance). Now you should create an invitation on the called computer – for this you need to select the item “Invite someone you trust to help”. Next, the program will offer to choose one of the appropriate invitation options: save as a file, send by e-mail, use Easy Connect (if available for Remote Assistance).

Whichever option of the invitation is chosen, the program will provide the password, by entering which, the remote user will get access to the desktop. The remote user should now run the invitation file or select the Easy Connect connection — a password prompt will appear. After entering the password, the connection will be initiated and if everything is done correctly, the remote desktop setup is complete and after the connection request is confirmed on the remote computer, the remote user can see the remote desktop on his PC (in a separate window).
Remote Desktop Setup: Remote Control
To configure the desktop remote control, you need, as in the case of remote assistance settings, to open the system properties window (Control Panel – System and Security – System – Remote Access Setup). Next, you should choose the option of connecting to a remote desktop of the three presented (the first is not to allow). If you need to connect to the desktop of your PC from computers with different versions of Windows OS, then you should choose option 2, and if you have Windows 7 installed on your remote computer and Windows 7, then option No. 3 is needed.

Next, to connect the remote control, run the Remote Desktop Connection program (Start – All Programs – Accessories). In the program window that opens, on the General tab, enter the name of the remote computer, as well as the user name. On the other tabs, you can configure the parameters of the remote control. Then the connection settings can be saved as a separate file.

Upon completion of all settings it remains to click the “Connect” button and in response to the request to enter the required password. Now you can work with the desktop of the remote computer as a full user.

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