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How to remotely access a Windows laptop

With Remote Desktop you can access and use any PC on your network, even when you’re not at home

Lots of households have more than one PC nowadays and with multiple computers it stands to reason that the documents you need will be on the one you’re not currently using. However, with Remote Desktop you can access and use any PC on your network and with a little extra work even access your computers when you’re not at home too.

By using Remote Desktop Connection you can access any PC that’s on a network. There are a few caveats of course, you need to have your PC connected to a, preferably fast, network and the computer you want to access needs to be switched on. You’ll also need to ensure that the Remote Desktop Connection options are switched on in System Properties. You can choose which users can access their account remotely too, so if you have people who share the PC with you it’s possible to let them have access to their files.

To turn Remote Desktop Connection on go to the Start screen and type remote. in the Settings results click on Allow remote access to your computer. The System Properties window will open and in the Remote tab you need to select Allow remote connections to this computer. If you want to choose which user's accounts can be accessed do that now by clicking on Select Users… and adding them. Now, go to the Start screen and type remote and in the Apps results click on Remote Desktop Connection and from here connect to the computers on your network.

With a little extra effort you can use Remote Desktop Connection to access your computers even when you’re not connected to your home network. You’ll need to know the Public IP address of the computer you want to connect to and know how to forward TCP port 3389 on your router so you’ll need to know a little bit about networking. Also, you should sign up to a dynamic DNS updating service so that if the IP address changes you’ll still be able to connect to your PC. However, with these slightly technical but nonetheless simple things done you can use Remote Desktop Connection to access your PC from anywhere.

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