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How to connect to remote desktop via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) in Windows 7 or 8

Recently, I used the remote desktop feature for the first time to log into a remote Windows 2008 server. I did this on Windows 8, but it works on Windows 7 in the same way

Establishing The Remote Connection Via MSTSC

1. Step Open the Windows 8 Start screen or on Windows 7 open the Start Menu

2. Step On Windows 8 hit CTRL + F and enter mstsc and you should get this

App Results For Mstsc Remote Desktop

3. Step On Windows 7 you can enter mstsc into the search bar and should get the same result

4. Step Alright, now when you first start the remote desktop connection you will see

Establishing Remote Desktop Connection.png

5. Step In the field “Computer” enter the IP address or the hostname your provider or friend gave you

6. Step The default username is obviously Administrator for the “root” account with all permissions

7. Step You can save this remote desktop connection by clicking on Save As

Once Connected To The Remote Desktop…

8. Step Once you clicked on “Connect” you will be asked to provide a password for the Administrator user, enter it

Credentials For Remote Desktop Connection2

9. Step Once you’re logged in to the remote PC you will see a blue bar at the top – it allows you to minimize the remote connection

Remote Computer Top Bar

10. Step Once minimized you can see the icon on your taskbar:

Minimized Remote Desktop Connection.png

Now What?

Ok you have successfully connected to a remote desktop via RDP – you can now control this remote machine like any other, but the first thing you should do is to change the default password for the Administrator account

1. Step Open the Control Panel (on the Start Menu)
Search Remote Control Panel

2. Step Windows Server 2008 or whatever version is installed on your machine looks a lot like other Windows versions, so you will feel right at home

3. Step In top right enter “user” into the search and then on the left click the link to change your user account
Create Or Remove Your User Account Password

4. Step Change your Admin password

Are There Any Other Tools To Connect To A Remote PC?

Yes, there are a bunch of tools to connect to a remote desktop. Some don’t even use the RDP protocol for this or use different ports

One cross-platform tool I would like to mention is 2X Client from 2x.com

2X Client For Desktops To Establish Remote Connections.png

This program even supports mobile devices, Chrome and Facebook

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Published: Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Last Modified: September 19, 2013

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