How to set up and enable remote desktop on Windows 8

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If you don’t know what is Remote Desktop ( also known as RDP ), it is a feature incorporated since Windows XP that allows you to control another computer remotely as if you were sitting there. Although this feature is not so popular among the average Windows users, it might come in handy if you want to access your office computer from home, or if you want to view your friend’s computer for whatever the reasons.

Enable remote desktop Windows 8

In order to access the Windows 8 machine remotely, you need to enable it first. Just in case you still haven’t tried your hands on Microsoft’s latest OS yet, consider reading my previous article on how to install Windows 8 on VMware.

Enable remote desktop on Windows 8

  • 1.From the metro interface in Windows 8, use the keyboard shortcut Windows + R to bring the Run command screen. Type in ‘SystemPropertiesRemote.exe‘ and press OK.
  • Enable remote desktop windows 8

  • 2.This will bring up the System Properties screen. Select “Allow remote connections to this computer” and Press ‘Ok‘.
  • Set up remote desktop Windows 8

  • 3.You now need to get the IP address of the Windows 8 machine, from the Run screen type ‘cmd‘ and then type ‘ipconfig‘ in the command screen, and you should get the IP address of this computer.
  • Get Ip address on windows 8

  • 4.To access the Windows 8 computer remotely, type in ‘mstsc‘ in the Run screen ( similar to step 1) from your home/main computer and type in the IP Address that you got from the Windows 8 PC.

Remote desktop from windows 7 to windows 8

That’s all folks!  Here’s how to enable remote desktop in Windows 8. If there’re any issues/questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I will be glad to help you. 🙂

7 Comments to How to set up and enable remote desktop on Windows 8

  1. Hi,

    We are unable to take RDP from Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 PC.

    Windows 8 machine is not Listening port 3389. I have checked the registry settings, port no. is marked as 3389.


    • Hello Vijaya,

      What’s the exact error message you’re getting? Have you checked if your antivirus firewall is blocking the RDP?

  2. everyone keeps repeating enabling remote desktop on win 8. Please mention win 8 pro because it doesn’t work on win 8.
    I am looking for a software that does. There is one that does it for win 7 home SP1.

  3. Matthew Schwartz

    Only available to Windows Pro. Regular Windows 8 and 8.1 users do not see this option under the remote menu.

    • hayderabbass

      Hi Beka, right-click on your desktop select New > Shortcut. Then type mstsc.exe /v:
      Replace the IP address by the one you want to connect to. You will then have a new shortcut icon on your desktop. Let me know if you need further help.

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