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How to enable remote desktop access in Windows 7

Let other machines remotely access your PC

Remote access if a great tool that allows a PC's desktop, along with files, folders, programs and settings, to be accessed from another location with the help of a net connection. It's an ideal solution for those that want help from either an IT guy, family member or friend to fix their PC, or perhaps you just need to quickly review a file you've left on your office PC when you're working on-the-go.

In previous versions of Windows, if you wanted to ensure that you or someone else could remotely access your PC, you had to download software onto your PC. While some of these programs, such as TeamViewer, are free it was still a hassle. However, with this in mind Microsoft introduced a remote access feature into Windows 7 that allows others to access your PC remotely without the need for third-party software.

Here's how to turn on remote access settings in Windows 7.

Step one
From the Start Menu, right-click on Computer on the far right-hand side and select Properties.

Step two
Chose Remote settings from the left-hand side of the window that appears. Ensure the box next to Allow remote assistance connections to this computer is checked. Now under the Remote Desktop section select one of the three options that either allow remote access, don't allow remote access, or allow remote access with Network Level authentication.

Step three
Now press Select Users and press Add. Now you can specify the location of the remote users you want to access your PC as well as the name of the PC you want to access your machine. Press OK and the names will be displayed in the Remote Desktop Users window. Press Ok again.

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