Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system includes a remote desktop service, very similar to the one built-in to previous versions of the software. With remote desktop, you can enable screen sharing from your PC and allow other devices, including Macs, tablets, and smartphones, to connect to the computer and control it. Follow the steps to start using remote desktop from your Windows 10 computer.
Step 1: Log in to your Windows 10 computer with an account that has administrative privileges. Remote desktop settings can only be changed by admin users.
Step 2: Click on the Start menu icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and then click the gear icon to open the “Settings” window.
Step 3: Click on the “System” icon in the top row of setting categories.
Step 4: Click on the “Remote Desktop” link from the list of setting groups on the left side of the window.
Step 5: Move the slider bar under “Enable Remote Desktop” to the blue “On” position. Note the full name of your PC that is displayed at the bottom of the window. You will need to use this computer name in order to launch a remote desktop session.
Step 6: Check the box next to “Keep my PC awake for connections when it is plugged in” to ensure that your computer remains available. If your PC goes to sleep or is shut off, it will no longer be able to accept remote desktop requests.
Step 7: Click on the “Advanced Settings” link.
Step 8: Check the “Require computers to use Network Level Authentication to connect” box if you want to add an additional layer of security to your remote desktop configuration. But be aware that if you enable this setting, certain devices, especially computers running other operating systems, may not be able to remotely connect to your PC.
Step 9: Install and launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application from another device. When prompted, enter the full name of your host PC to launch a remote desktop session.