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How to Connect to RDP from Windows? [A Beginner's Tutorial]

Through this tutorial, you will know how to connect to RDP from windows with a complete beginner's guide and understanding of the remote desktop protocol.

06 Jul, 21 by Oliver K 3 min Read

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Remote Desktop is a Microsoft Windows application that allows remote control of a windows machine (be it a regular PC or server) from another Windows machine. This is a separate program or a feature that can be found in most operating systems that allows a user to access the desktop of another operating system. Through this tutorial, you will get to various applications of RDP and How to connect to RDP.

This application mostly occurs via the internet which allows a user to interact with a remote system from the comfort of their home/office.

Remote desktop connections contain some protocols like:

  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
  • NX technology and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA).

There are no installation steps required, as it comes preloaded with any Windows OS since Windows XP/ Windows NT 4.0.

To use a remote desktop, you must enable it on both the machines and have a constant internet connection, Here you go with the complete connecting guide for how to connect to RDP.

Step 1: First you need to type on the search bar "Remote Desktop Setting".

How to Connect to Remote Desktop, What Is Remote Desktop?

Step 2: After that, you have to Enable Remote Desktop.

 enabling remote desktop

Step 3: After enabling remote desktop, search on the start bar "mstsc" and click on the remote desktop connection application.

 How to Connect to Remote Desktop

Step 4: Enter the computer name or address of the computer.

 enter computer name or IP address

Step 5: If prompted enter the user credentials.

 entering remote desktop credentials

Congratulations, Now you are connected to your remote desktop connection!

Remote Desktop Applications

With the help of Remote desktop services you can do the following actions:

  • You access other Windows machines from any distance.
  • You can remotely fix a computer that has software issues.
  • You can complete administrative tasks remotely.
  • You can engage in tasks that may not have the processing power and capacity to run them natively.
  • You can deliver Windows-based applications to iOS, Android, Windows, and even thin client devices.
  • You can provide more computing resources to an application without having to upgrade devices. This reduces the cost of the end-user devices when users need more computing power, the computing power can be associated with the actual workloads that need it.
  • You can data can be stored in the cloud. If the end-user device fails or is lost or stolen, your data remains safe.
  • You can reduce configuration times for new devices as the applications (or desktops) are delivered on a cloud platform.

You can access the RDP application either by typing Remote Desktop Connection in the search bar or by opening the Run window and typing Mstsc. In this case, the application will use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to the other machine. Microsoft Windows uses port number 3389 by default, however, that can be edited from the registry section. We hope this article helped you, how you can connect to RDP. if you feel anything we have missed then comment via the below given option, We will definitely improve those areas.

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Oliver K

I’m Oliver k. I have MS degree in Computer Engineering. For nearly 5 years that I have been working on web programing and also in last 2 years I have worked on windows and Linux VPS. This is my honor to share my experiences with a new community.