How to enable RDP on Windows

Problem

Enable RDP on Windows to manage your server remotely.

tl;dr

  1. Right click Computer on Desktop/in Start Menu and select Properties (XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003 & 2008), or select PC Info (Windows 8)/Server Info (Server 2012) from the Charms Bar.
  2. Click on Remote Connections.
  3. Select "Allow remote connections to this computer."
  4. Click OK.

Solution

To enable you must be logged in as an account with administrator privileges.

If you are using Windows XP, 7, Server 2003, or Server 2008, System Properties can be accessed by opening the Start Menu, right-clicking on Computer and selecting Properties.

If you are using Windows 8, you can do the same thing by sliding your mouse along the right-hand side screen corners to open Charms Bar, selecting Settings and then PC Info. Windows Server 2012 is almost exactly like Windows 8, except PC Info is named Server Info. Either one will take you to System Properties.

From there on, select Remote settings in the top-left corner of the window.

Put a check mark next to “Allow remote connections to this computer.” If you plan to use Remote Desktop version older than 6.0 (such as, from a computer running Windows XP below Service Pack 3), uncheck “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication. Finally, hit OK to save the setting.


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