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Enable and Connect Remote Desktop in Windows 11 (All Ways)


Remote Desktop Connection is a feature in Windows that allows you to connect to another computer over the internet without requiring external software or special hardware, but a fast internet connection for a smoother experience.

It seems that you’re a system administrator opting for a remote desktop connection to manage different computers on the network or you’re simply exploring the Windows capabilities.

running remote desktop connection in windows using remote desktop connection application
Running Windows 10 inside Windows 11 using Remote Desktop Connection

Let’s break down what we’re going to cover in this article:


  1. Ensure both computers (local computer or virtual machine) are connected to the internet and the public IP Address is accessible.
  2. Ensure “Remote Connections” are accepted on your computer (covered in the next section).

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Note: To connect to remote desktops, it’s mandatory to enable remote connection in Windows. To do so, you can follow any one of the steps below.

1. Using Windows Settings

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: In the “System” tab, click the “Remote Desktop” option.

click remote desktop button in the system tab in windows settings
“Remote Desktop” button in Syatem Tab

Step 3: Toggle on the “Remote Desktop” button to enable Remote Desktop Connection service in Windows.

enable remote desktop connection in windows using windows settings
Toggle on the “Remote Desktop” button

NOTE: If the “Remote Desktop” toggle button is unavailable, this means your version of Windows doesn’t support Remote Desktop Connections.

2. Using Advanced System Settings

Step 1: In the Start Menu, search for “View Advanced System Settings” (without quotation marks) and hit the enter key.

Step 2: In the “Remote” tab, check the “Allow Remote Connections to this computer” and click the “Apply” button.

toggle on the allow remote desktop connections in windows 11
Check the “Allow Remote Connections to this Computer” option

NOTE: If the “Allow Remote Connections to this computer” option is unavailable, this means your version of Windows doesn’t support Remote Desktop Connections.


1. Using IP Address, Username, and Password (Manually)

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Remote Desktop Connection” (without quotation marks) and open it or run the Command Prompt from the Start menu, type the “MSTSC” command (without quotation marks) and hit the enter key.

Step 2: In the computer name section, input the Public IP Address and Username of the Virtual Machine. If you’re connecting to the local computer, input its IP Address and its username.

enter the remote computer ip address and username and click the connect button
IP Address and Username of Remote Desktop

Step 3: Enter the “Password” for the account that you entered in the previous step.

enter the password for remote desktop and click the ok button to connect
Enter Password > Click the “OK” button

Step 4: Click the “Yes” button to connect, even if the identity of the remote computer couldn’t be verified. (if applicable)

click the yes button to supress warning, if any, and connect to remote machine
Warning: Remote Computer couldn’t be verified.

NOTE: Once the credentials are verified, the Virtual Machine OS will be loaded in the Remote Desktop Window.

2. Using a Pre-Built RDP File (Virtual Machine)

Step 1: Download the RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) File of the Virtual Machine from the Cloud Provider.

download remote desktop protocol rdp file from your cloud provider
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) File

Step 2: Double-click the recently downloaded RDP File and click the “Connect” button.

downloaded remote desktop protocol file from cloud provider
Downloaded RDP File
click the connect button in the downloaded rdp file
Connect Remote Desktop using Downloaded RDP File

Step 3: Click the “More Choices” button.

click the more choices button then choose account and add password
“More Choices” button > Choose Account > Add Password

Step 4: Click the “Use different account” option. Enter the “Username” and “Password” for Virtual Machine’s username on the IP and click the “OK” button.

enter the username and password for connecting remote computer
Username and Password for connecting to Remote Computer

NOTE: Once the credentials are verified, the Virtual Machine OS will be loaded in the Remote Desktop Window.

3. Using Pre-Built RDP File (Upload RDP File for Virtual Machine)

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Remote Desktop Connection” (without quotation marks) and open it or run the Command Prompt from the start menu, type the “MSTSC” command (without quotation marks) and hit the enter key.

Step 2: Click the “Show Options” buttons.

click the show options button in remote desktop connection application
“Show Options” Button

Step 3: Click the “Open” button, choose the location, and select the RDP File to load it.

click the open button to load the rdp file and connect to remote desktop connection
“Open” Button to load RDP File
locate and choose the remote desktop protocol (rdp) file in remote desktop connection application in windows
Locate and Choose RDP File

Step 4: Enter the “Password” for Virtual Machine’s username on the IP and click the “OK” button.

click the connect button in the downloaded rdp file
Connect Remote Desktop using Downloaded RDP File

Step 5: Click the “Yes” button to connect, even if the identity of the remote computer couldn’t be verified. (if applicable)

click the yes button to supress warning, if any, and connect to remote machine
Warning: Remote Computer couldn’t be verified.

NOTE: Once the credentials are verified, the Virtual Machine OS will be loaded in the Remote Desktop Window.

4. Using Command Prompt/PowerShell

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt from the Start menu.

Step 2: To connect a remote computer/cloud virtual machine (VM), type the following command: mstsc /v:IP-ADDRESS-OF-REMOTE-COMPUTER.

command to connect remote desktop connection using command prompt or powershell
Command To Connect Remote Desktop Connection

Replace the “IP-ADDRESS-OF-REMOTE-COMPUTER” with the actual Public IP Address of the remote computer.
Example: mstsc /v:XX.235.103.228

Step 3: Enter the “Password” for Virtual Machine’s username on the IP and click the “OK” button.

enter the password for remote desktop and click the ok button to connect
Enter Password > Click the “OK” button

Step 4: Click the “Yes” button to connect, even if the identity of the remote computer couldn’t be verified. (if applicable)

click the yes button to supress warning, if any, and connect to remote machine
Warning: Remote Computer couldn’t be verified.

NOTE: Once the credentials are verified, the Virtual Machine OS will be loaded in the Remote Desktop Window.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to enable and use the remote desktop connection to connect to another computer over the internet in Windows 11.

After going through this article, we can consider that remote desktop connection is an excellent solution for system administrators and IT specialists to remotely control computers connected to their network, as well as for individuals who want remote access to their home computers when they are away from their residences or not carrying their laptops.

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