How to enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10

Remote Desktop is a great way to access your Windows 10 device from a Windows Mobile device, another Windows device (no matter which version as longs as it supports RDP), from an Android mobile device or any other device which supports Windows RDP. Want to learn more about the Remote Desktop Protocol? Check out this Wikipedia page.

In this article, we will show you how to enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10. Enabling Remote Desktop in Windows 10 allows you to access your device from a remote device like we said before.

Method 1: Through Windows 10 Settings

1. Open start and click on cogwheel, alternatively you can right-click the start button and choose Settings


2. Click on System and wait for the System Settings to appear.

3. In the left menu pane click on Remote Desktop and wait for the settings to appear.

4. Under Remote Desktop turn the slider to On to turn on Remote Access in Windows 10. If you want to disable Remote Access in Windows 10 then change the mode to Off.

5. Confirm that you want to turn on Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop should now be enabled on your device. You can turn it off at any time by repeating these steps and sliding the slider to Off.

Method 2: Through Control Panel.

Another way to turn on Remote Desktop is through the old Control Panel.

1. Open Control Panel by typing Control Panel in the Windows 10 Search Box.

2. Click on System and Security

3. Under System click on Allow Remote Access

4. Under Remote Access click on the select radio “Allow remote access to this computer”

Method 3: Allow Remote Access to Windows 10 using Command Prompt

Another more complex method is to allow Remove Access to your Windows 10 Device using Command Prompt. This might be handy if you just want to do it the geek way.

1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt. If you do not know how then simply click on the link in Command Prompt.

2. Type the following command and hit enter.

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

3. Then optionally also allow the Remote Connection in your Windows Firewall Rules. Enter the following command and hit enter.

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=Yes

Remote Access to your computer has now been enabled using Command Prompt.

We hope this article helped you to answer the question; “How do I enable Remote Access in Windows 10”. If you need more help than feel free to comment down below. Thanks for reading WindowsInstructed.

Yuri Pustjens
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Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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