Connect to a Computer using Remote Desktop


Remote Desktop lets you control another computer across the network. To use it, first enable Remote Desktop on the computer you want to control. Then, follow these steps to connect to it:

1. Click Start, type remote, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

2. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, type the name of the computer you want to connect to. You can configure the display size and settings by clicking the Options button.
3. Click Connect.

The Remote Desktop window will open and show you the remote computer (assuming nobody is using it–only one person can use the computer at a time).

If both the client computer and the remote computer support Aero, you can use Aero within Remote Desktop. This works even if the client computer has Aero disabled, so long as the computer supports it.

If Remote Desktop doesn’t connect, it’s probably a firewall problem. When you enable Remote Desktop on the computer you want to control, Vista automatically creates the necessary firewall exception. So, it’s probably a network firewall such as a router. I can’t give you specific instructions to fix this, because every router is different. However, you will need to open TCP port 3389. If you are using Network Address Translation (NAT), you will need to forward traffic for TCP port 3389 to your Remote Desktop host’s IP address.

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Tony Northrup, MVP, MCITP, MCPD, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP, is a Windows consultant and author living in Waterford, Connecticut, in the United States. Tony started programming before Windows 1.0 was released, but has focused on Windows administration and development for the last fifteen years. He has written more than two dozen books covering Windows development, networking, and security. Among other titles, Tony is coauthor of the Windows 7 Resource Kit, the Windows Vista Resource Kit, and Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP). When he's not writing, Tony enjoys photography, travel, and being awesome. Tony lives with his girlfriend, Chelsea, her daughter, Madelyn, and three dogs. You can learn more about Tony by visiting his personal website at and his photography portfolio at

3 thoughts on “Connect to a Computer using Remote Desktop

  1. Pingback: How to Enable Remote Desktop - Windows Vista help

  2. This thing just tells you wher to go to OPEN remote desktop connection. plus it’s in the accessories area

  3. sir
    iam sarat chandra i want to connect to my friends system in another network and we both use internet connection in our system and we want to connect to internet only.iam using his ip address to access the remote desktop. plse any give me sugession to connect to remote desktop.iam using vista and he is using xp3.

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