If you want to enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10, you need to gain access from another suitable device. This can be another PC or, for example, an Android phone with an app that allows you to take control. The execution of the Remote Desktop Protocol (or RDP for short) remains diverse. We explain to you what you have to pay attention to when using Windows 10.
First of all, you need the right version, without which enabling a Remote Desktop on Windows 10 is impossible.
Windows 10: Why does the Remote Desktop not work?
If your operating system runs smoothly and there were no update errors, you should be able to enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10. However, Microsoft requires the use of either a Pro- or Enterprise version. Windows 10 Home lacks this feature. You can only use your computer to remotely control another device in this case. In the settings it says: “Remote Desktop is not supported by your Windows 10 Home edition.”
You can quickly find out for yourself whether a remote desktop can be set up on your PC:
- Open the Windows Control Panel, for example, by entering the term in the search (Windows logo key + S).
- Click on System and Security and then again on System. The corresponding settings appear in a new window.
- Under Windows Specifications, you can read out the version you have activated under Edition.
- Alternatively, scroll down to Related Settings, where you will see Remote Desktop. Left click on the link.
- If you see the error “Remote Desktop is not supported by your Windows 10 Home Edition” in red letters, you cannot enable a Remote Desktop on your Windows 10 version. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.
By the way: You’ve been thinking about switching from Windows 10 Home to Pro for a while? Then take a quick look at our guide, which explains the pros and cons in detail.
How to Enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise
Stay right in the same spot of your system settings. If your version of Windows 10 supports the setup of a remote desktop, you will be prompted to allow a connection to be established via the protocol addressed. If this first step works without problems, you can ignore the advanced settings for the moment.
Now only some information is missing:
- Again in the Settings (Windows logo key + I), switch to System and Info, if you haven’t opened the window yet.
- Under Device Specifications you will find the name of your computer behind Device Name. Make a note of it.
- Furthermore, you need your IP address. Open the Windows PowerShell via quick access (Windows logo key + X).
- Type the command ipconfig into the text field and note the number combination behind the IPv4 address. You will need this later to enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10.
Enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10: Using the right App
Next, set up the device that will act as a remote control for your PC. If you use a real computer with Windows 10, you don’t need any additional software. All functions are already integrated out of the box. For Apple users, there is also an official application for the Mac.
If you want to enable a Remote Desktop on a mobile device, download the appropriate app:
- Remote Desktop 8 for Android in Google Play Store
- Microsoft Remote Desktop for iOS in Apple App Store
Linux users, on the other hand, will have to get a little creative. At this point in time, there is no official Remote Desktop support.
Windows 10 Remote Desktop: Establish Connection
After downloading the appropriate application, you open the app on the device you want to use to remotely control your PC. Depending on the version and platform, you usually have to enter the device name and IP address that you have selected in advance in the first step. To be able to set up a Remote Desktop, you then confirm your identity with your Windows 10 password and Microsoft account. Done! Remote access should already be established.
Enable a Remote Desktop on Windows 10 is only one of many features. Do you already know the Microsoft boot manager, with which you can control different operating systems? Or do you know that under Windows 10 the network can be turned into a workgroup? Whether private or professional, there are many ways to link all your devices together.