To enable remote desktop, open the run window from the start menu, type mstsc and click OK. Type the name or IP address of the computer or choose it from a drop-down list. Click "Connect" to initiate remote connection.
Mstsc commands work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows server 2003/2008. Users can include several other commands to a remote desktop connection to enable other settings. If users want to open the remote desktop session in full screen mode, add the /f switch to the mstsc command so that it reads mstsc /f.
To specify the username of the remote computer on the command itself, use a /v switch. The command will therefore be mstsc /v:computername. To specify a remote desktop connection using an rdp file, type mstsc RDP_filename.
Windows XP only allows a single active user at a time. Therefore, whenever you try to open a connection to a server, it opens a new user session. Avoid this by initiating a connection to the console. This allows you to login back to the same user session. Do this by adding the /console switch to the mstsc command so that it reads, mstsc /console. After launching the remote desktop connection window using the mstsc command, can customize the options by clicking the "Options" menu.