Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to access a computer but couldn't be there in person? Maybe you're at work and you need to access a file on your personal computer at home, or maybe you're on vacation and want to check in on your pets or plants. In these cases, it can be helpful to know how to control a computer remotely. In this article, we'll discuss a few methods for doing so.
How to control a PC remotely
If you want to control a PC remotely, you first need to make sure that both machines are running the same version of Windows. In other words, if you're trying to control a Windows 10 PC from a Windows 7 PC, it won't work. The process is the same for Windows 10 and 11 – you'll just need different tools depending on your setup. If you have Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro, the built-in Remote Desktop tool will let you access your computer from another device. If you don't have one of those versions of Windows, you can use a third-party app like TeamViewer to access your computer remotely.
To start, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard. This will open the Start menu. Type "Settings" and press enter. Then, click on "System." On the left-hand side of the window, you will see the heading "Remote." Under this heading, you will see the words "Allow remote connections to this computer." Beside this, you will see a slider. If it is currently turned off (as it is by default), slide it to the right to turn it on.
Once you've installed Remote Desktop, you need to enable it. Head to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Remote Settings. You'll see a box with a few different options. Under the section that says "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop," select the option that says "Enable remote desktop." Click OK, then input the login info for the computer you want to connect to. You can find this information on the computer itself—either on the login screen or in the system properties.
Step 3: Connect to the PC. If you’re logging in via a PC on the same network, use the search button on the task bar to search ‘Remote Desktop Connection’, and then find the PC’s name. The process is similar if you want to remotely connect to a Mac. If you’re logging in from an external device or network, use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app (a free download on all platforms) to access the PC.
Controlling a computer remotely is easier than you may think. With the right tools and a bit of patience, you'll be able to access your computer from anywhere in the world.
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