Using the Windows Remote Desktop Connection one can access a computer running on Microsoft Windows from another computer running on Microsoft Windows, which is connected to the same network or connected to the Internet. For example, one can use all of your office computer’s programs/files and network resources from your home computer. it’s just like you’re sitting in front of your office’s computer.

To connect to a remote computer make sure that the computer is switched ON and has access to a common network. The common network may be intranet or internet. Remote Desktop must be enabled on the computer which has to be remotely accessed, and you must have network access to the remote computer. Apart from this the user who has to gain access should be their in the permitted user’s list of the remote computer. If your name is not in the list of users who have permission to establish remote connection then you would not be able to establish it. The steps below include adding names to that list.

•               Start ->All Programs or Programs -> Accessories ->Remote Desktop

or type MSTSC in the run box and press enter for opening the console in one step

Remote Desktop Connection can be used to connect to computers which are running on Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic N, or Windows Vista Home Premium. You can connect from these editions of Windows Vista to computers running other versions of Windows. If a computer is running on windows XP then you cannot use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to it.

Follow these steps to allow remote connections on the computer you want connect to

1.             Open System by going to the Start button  , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2.             Open Remote settings, and then select the one of the three options under “Remote Desktop.”   If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.             Open Select Users. If you are an administrator on the computer, your current user account will automatically be added to the list of remote users and you can skip the next two steps.

4.             Click Add In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

5.             Do the following in the Select Users or Groups dialog box:

6.             Click Locations, and then select the location you want to search.

7              In “Enter the object names to select”, type the name of the user that you want to add, and then click OK.

The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

To start the remote desktop on the computer you want to work from

1.  Go to Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button ->All Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection.

2.  In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect. You can also type the IP address instead of the computer name if you want.

If you know the host name of the computer you want to connect to, type it in the Computer box.      When you allow remote connections the Windows Firewall automatically opens the required port. If you are using some third party firewall, make sure the port for Remote Desktop (usually 3389) is open.