You need to manually enable Remote Desktop Connection on your computer, to access work related files located on your office computer. For security reasons, you can Disable Remote Desktop Connection while you are not using this feature.
Enable and Disable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10
Remote Desktop Connection feature in Windows 10 is designed to provide remote access to your computer from other computers.
This feature can be very convenient if you are working from home and want to be in a position to access work-related files located on your office computer using your home PC.
While Remote Desktop Client Connection Program is available in all versions of Windows, the RDP server required to access a Windows PC remotely is only available on Computers running Professional and Enterprise Edition of Windows 10.
This practically means that only Windows Professional and Windows Enterprise users will be able to make use of Remote Desktop Connection feature.
Enable Remote Desktop Connection
Follow the steps below to enable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10.
1. Type “Control Panel” in Windows search bar and click on Control Panel (Desktop App) in the search results.
2. On the Control Panel screen, make sure you are in “Category” View and click on System and Security.
3. On the System and Security Screen, click on Allow Remote Access option.
4. On the next screen, select Allow Remote connections to this computer option.
5. Click on Apply and OK to save this setting on your computer.
How to Connect to Remote Computer Using Remote Desktop Connection
In order to connect to Remote computer located at your office, you can make use of Remote Desktop App as available on your computer or download “Microsoft Remote Desktop App” available on the Windows Store.
1. Open the Remote Desktop App on your computer. You can do this by searching for “Remote Desktop” and clicking on the best match search result.
2. On the Remote Desktop Connection screen, enter the Computer Name or the IP Address of the computer that you want to connect to and click on the Connect button.
3. On the next screen, enter the Username and Password for the computer that you want to connect to.
4. You will see a security message, click on Connect Anyway and you will be connected to the Remote Computer.
While using Remote Desktop Connection, it is recommended that you take precautions to protect the data on your computer by using strong passwords and limiting users that can log in to your computer.
Disable Remote Desktop Connection
Malware programs and hackers can take advantage of Windows Remote Desktop feature to launch attacks on your PC from a remote location.
For this reason, remote Desktop Feature is not enabled by default on a Windows PC and Microsoft always tries to detect and patch vulnerabilities in this feature.
Hence, for security reasons, it is better to Disable Remote Desktop feature on your computer while you are not using it.
1. Open Control Panel > click on System and Security > Allow Remote Access
2. On the next screen, select Don’t Allow Remote connections to this computer option.
3. Click on Apply and OK to save this setting on your computer.