The remote desktop allows 2 computers running Windows 7 to be connected to each other. This is a function integrated by default into the operating system which offers the possibility of controlling one computer from another via the Internet. To be able to use it, you need to activate it on the target computer and find the IP address of that computer. You will then be able to connect to it from another machine.
Part 1 of 4: enable remote desktop
Step 1. Make sure it is possible to activate the remote desktop
To be able to activate the remote desktop, you must be on an account with administrator privileges and an activated password.
Step 2. Open Start
Click on the multicolored Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen to open the menu To start up.
Step 3. Click Control Panel
This option is to the right of the menu To start up. Click on it to open the control panel window.
Step 4. Select Large Icons in View By
Click on the drop-down field View By at the top right of the control panel window, then select Large icons in the menu that appears.
If you see Large icons next to the View By header, skip this step
Step 5. Go to System
This is a header in the lower part of the window.
You may have to scroll down to find it
Step 6. Click Remote Use Settings
You will find this link at the top left of the window. Click on it to open a new window.
Step 7. Select the Allow Support Connections check box
The Allow assistive connections to this computer check box is at the top of the new window.
- If you don't see this box, make sure you are in the correct tab by clicking Remote use at the top of the window.
- If the box is already checked, skip this step.
Step 8. Select the Allow computers to connect check box
The Allow connection of computers running any version of the remote desktop check box is in the middle of the pop-up window. Click on it to allow you in the future to connect this computer to any computer that is running the remote desktop (for example a computer running Windows 10).
Skip this step if the box is already checked
Step 9. Add other users if necessary
If you want the remote desktop to access another user's account on the target computer, follow these steps:
- click on Select users;
- choose Add;
- select Advanced;
- click on To research;
- scroll down the panel at the bottom of the window then double-click on the name of the user you want to add;
- click on OK in the last 2 open windows.
Step 10. Click OK
The OK button is at the bottom of the window. Click on it to save your settings and allow remote desktop on the target computer.
Part 2 of 4: Allow remote desktop in firewall settings
Step 1. Click Control Panel Home Page
This link is at the top left of the window and takes you back to the control panel home page.
If you closed the control panel, open it before continuing
Step 2. Select Windows Firewall
The Windows Firewall option is in the list of options in the Control Panel.
Step 3. Choose Authorize a program or feature
The Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall link is at the top left of the page.
Step 4. Click Change Settings
This option is at the top of the page, just above the list of programs in the middle of the window.
Step 5. Check the Remote Desktop box
You will find it in section “B” of the program list. Check it to allow remote desktop through Windows firewall.
Step 6. Click OK
This button is at the bottom of the window. Click on it to save your changes.
Part 3 of 4: find the address of the target computer
Step 1. Define a static IP address
This step is not mandatory, but it is recommended. A static IP address will not change when your router goes offline or when your computer reconnects to the network, which means the IP address you find now will work in the future. Skipping this step means that you will need to find the IP address of the target computer each time you want to connect to it. To set a static IP address, you will need to go to your router's settings.
- Find the IP address of your router.
- Go to your router's IP address in a web browser and log in with its credentials if prompted.
- Find the list of currently connected computers and select your computer.
- To make the IP address static, click on the lock icon (or something similar).
- Wait for your router to finish restarting.
Step 2. Open a web browser
On the target computer, click or double-click the icon for a web browser (for example, Chrome).
Step 3. Go to WhatIsMyIP
Open this page in the target computer's web browser.
Step 4. Find your public IP address
You will find your computer's public IP address next to the Your Public IPv4 is heading at the top of the page.
Step 5. Log off from the target computer
Go to To start up, click on
at the bottom right of the start menu then select Log out. From there, you will be able to connect to the target computer from another computer running Windows 7.
Part 4 of 4: Connect with the remote desktop
Step 1. Open Start
on another computer.
Click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.
Step 2. Click on the search bar
The search bar is located at the bottom of the Start window.
Step 3. Find the remote desktop
Type remote desktop in the search bar to display a list of matching results in the window To start up.
Step 4. Select Remote Desktop Connection
You will find this option at the top of the search results. Click on it to open the remote desktop window.
- You may just need to click Remote office.
Step 5. Enter the IP address of the target computer
Click on the text field Computer in the middle of the window and then type the public IP address of the target computer.
Step 6. Click Login
This button is at the bottom of the window.
Step 7. Enter the login credentials for the target computer
When prompted, type the administrator name and password for the account where you enabled Remote Desktop.
If you've added another user to the Remote Desktop, you can enter their credentials instead to access their account
Step 8. Click OK
The OK button is located at the bottom of the window and allows you to connect your computer to the target computer. It may take several minutes to connect, but once you see the other computer's desktop appear in the remote desktop, you will be able to access it however you want.
- Remote Desktop is more suitable for computing environments, but you can also use it to access or send files to yourself from work or home.
- If you are unable to get the desktop to work remotely, you can install and use TeamViewer instead.
- Turn off the remote desktop if you use it infrequently.
- If you don't set a static IP address for your target computer, you will have to look up its public IP address each time you want to connect to it remotely. This means that someone with access to the computer will have to look up the IP address.