Enabling Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7

Enabling Remote Desktop Connections on your Windows Computer

To enable Remote Desktop Connections, click the Start button, right-click on Computer and chooseProperties.
Windows Remote Desktop Connection
In the System Properties window, click Remote settings in the left panel.
Windows Remote Desktop Connection
This will open the Remote tab of the System Properties window. Here, you have three options to choose from under Remote Desktop:
  • Don’t allow connections to this computer - This option will prevent users from connecting to your computer using Remote Desktop Connection or RemoteApp. (RemoteApp connections are connections where the client only connects to a single application.)
  • Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop - This will allow users running any version of RemoteApp or Remote Desktop Connection to connect to your computer. Use this if you’re not sure which version of Remote Desktop the client will be using, or if they are using a third-party Remote Desktop Connection application. (For example, Ubuntu clients will likely require the second option.)
  • Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication - This restricts Remote Desktop Connections to those running versions of Remote Desktop that have Network Level Authentication. Network Level Authentication was introduced inRemote Desktop Client 6.0. If the client computer is running Windows 7 or they’ve recently downloaded the Remote Desktop Connection client, use this option, as it’s more secure.
Windows Remote Desktop Connection
At this point, you can click OK and clients will be able to log in to your computer via Remote Desktop Connection using the login credentials for administrator level users. However, you probably won’t want to give out your administrator credentials to tech support people, network admins and others. So, it’s a good idea to set up a separate standard level user account for Remote Desktop Connections.
First, create a user account following the instructions in our previous tutorial: How to Create or Delete User Accounts.
Next, return to the Remote tab in System Properties and click Select Users. This opens the Remote Desktop Users window.
Windows Remote Desktop Connection
Type the user account name in the box in the next window and click Check Names. Windows will make sure that a user account with that name exists and add the location in front of it. For example, in these screenshots, I’m going to allow users to connect to my computer via Remote Desktop Connection using credentials for a standard user account called 7Tutorials. After clicking Check Names, Windows automatically adds the location where the user account is. In this case, it’s MACWIN7 (my local machine).
Windows Remote Desktop Connection
When you’re done, click OK. Now, users will be able to connect via Remote Desktop Connection to your computer with the login credentials for