Use Remote Desktop Connection to access a remote PC

If you like travelling but need to perform some important work on the go then you must be having a laptop. But it could happen that you need to access some file stored on your desktop or run an application in some other computer, then you should definitely use the Remote Desktop Connection utility that comes along with XP.

Remote Desktop Connection is a utility with the help of which we can access files or run programs stored in any system in the world. This is how we can use the Remote Desktop Connection utility:

1.    Setting a password

To log-in into the system we need to set the password of the user that we are logging in. The password should comprise of alphabets, numeric and special symbols for better protection.

2.    Enable the option (if it is off)

Under the Remote tab of System Properties dialog box, check the option of “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”.

3.    Modify the Remote Desktop Listening Port

Though this step is optional but it is advisable for added security as this option prevents detection by anyone doing a routine scan for Remote Desktop Connection. To do this, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
Click modify and then decimal and choose any value between 49152 and 65535. Now to log-in into the system we will need the port number along with the IP like

4.    Run Remote Desktop Connection

Run Remote Desktop Connection from Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Communications. Enter the IP address of the system that you need to log-in (along with port if above step is performed).

A log in screen should appear which will prompt you for the user name and password and will give the access to the system.

One Reply to “Use Remote Desktop Connection to access a remote PC”

  1. Nice post buddy, the thing I liked most is that you have taken care of security too or else you’d have been advicing people to let their doors open for the hackers to come in and ruin your system.

    Although some sort of security concern still remains there, but this way of changing the port removes almost 80% of the risk involved as most of the hackers still rely on default open ports to know what service are running on the remote system but few have evolved and they can still trace it out through packet spoofing and other such methods so I’ll advice the people using this facility to stay aware of this.


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