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In this blog post, we will discuss what is Remote Desktop, what protocols it covers and how to launch it in Windows.


Dec, 18

What is Remote Desktop?

  • by Oliver K
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What is Remote Desktop?

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. Remote desktop connections contain some protocols like Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Virtual Network Computing (VNC), NX technology and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA). There is also no installation required, as it comes preloaded with any Windows OS since Windows XP/ Windows NT 4.0. 

To use remote desktop, you must enable it on both the machines, and have a constant internet connection. 

With the help of this service, we can:

  • Access other Windows machines from any distance
  • Remotely fix a computer that has software issues
  • Complete administrative tasks from afar.

You can access the application either by typing Remote Desktop Connection in the search bar, or by opening 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.


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.