Remote Desktop Services of Windows 7 was known as Terminal Services in earlier version of windows. It allows a user to access applications and data on a remote computer over a network. From your computer at home you can access all the programs and computers that you would normally need to be at work to use. A network connection gives you access to all of these resources, located in one easily accessible folder on your computer. Working on these resources is as easy as though they were on your Desktop.

Remote Desktop connection can be initiated from any edition of Windows 7.Connection can be made to the computers running on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise. Computers running on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium cannot be connected using Remote Desktop from other computers.

To allow someone to connect to your computer remotely follow the following steps:

  • Click on Start -> Control Panel ->System and Maintenance -> System
  • Click Remote Settings
  • Select one of the following Allow options:

o   Don’t allow connections to this computer – this prevents anyone from connecting to your computer using Remote Desktop or RemoteApp

o   Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop – this allows people using any version of Remote Desktop or RemoteApp to connect to your computer.

o   Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication – this allows people with computers running versions of Remote Desktop or RemoteApp with Network Level Authentication to connect to your computer.

  • Click Select Users
  • Click on Add , in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box

o   Click on Locations for specifying the search locations

o   Click Object Types to specify the types of object.

  • After finding the correct name click on OK. Name will appear in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box and these users will have the permission to access your computer remotely.

For advanced users

Network Level Authentication (NLA) is a new authentication method which completes user authentication before you fully establish a Remote Desktop Connection. This is more secure authentication method which helps in protecting the remote computer from hackers and malicious software. To see if your computer is running a version of Remote Desktop with NLA, open the Remote Desktop Connection window and select About from the menu appears on clicking the top left icon in the window.