How do you use the remote desktop on Windows 8?


Quick Answer

You can access a remote PC using Windows 8 and the built-in Remote Desktop app. Though all Windows operating systems come with remote access functionality, Windows 8 provides a user-friendly way to connect remotely to a PC; however, you have to set up the remote PC before starting.

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  1. Set up the remote PC

    Turn on both computers, making sure they do not go into Hibernate or Standby modes. If the remote PC has Windows 8 installed, swipe in from the right side of the screen. Tap or click Search, and type "allow remote." Tap or click Allow remote access to your computer. If the remote PC has an older Windows version, right-click My Computer, and choose Properties. Check the tick box to allow Remote Assistance.

  2. Invite a user to help

    On the remote PC, type "remote assistance" in the search field in the Start menu. Next, click on Windows Remote Assistance. Click Invite someone you trust to help you. Connect to the remote PC using the invitation.

  3. Connect to the remote PC

    On the Windows 8 host PC, open the Remote Desktop app. If you do not have it, download it from the Windows Store. Enter the full name of the remote PC, and tap or click Connect.

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