How to configure Remote Desktop Connection in Windows

27. January 2017 Software 0

In order to set the Remote Desktop Connection to work as you like it to, expand its preferences by clicking or tapping on Show Options.

Configure Remote Desktop Connection


The General tab allows you to enter the computer name and the username. The computer name is how the host computer identifies itself on the network. If you’re not sure what the computer name is, you can see it in System Properties on the remote computer. Also, if you have troubles connecting using a computer name, you can also connect using the host’s local IP address.

In the User name field, enter the username of an administrator account from the remote computer, or a standard user account that has been enabled for Remote Desktop connections. In other words, use a user account that you would enter if you were logging in locally to the host machine.

In the following screenshot, you’ll see the user name formatted as MicrosoftAccount\username or ComputerName\username , depending on the user account type on the remote computer or device. You don’t have to type it in like this, but when Remote Desktop Connection saves your connection settings, it will reformat it like that.

user account type

In the Display tab you can tweak some of the video settings. By changing the screen size and color depth, you can improve the performance when connected remotely.

changing the screen size

In the Local Resources tab, you can configure your audio, keyboard and devices settings.

If you click/tap Settings under Remote Audio , you can choose whether you want to playback audio on the remote machine, on the client machine or neither. You can also enable recording from the client machine.

Settings under Remote Audio

In the Keyboard section, you have three options for handling Windows key combinations (such as Alt + Tab and Ctrl + Alt + Del). By default, these key combinations will be registered by the remote computer when you are in full screen, but if you’re in window mode, they’ll be recognized by your computer (the client).

For example, if you are in full screen and you press Alt + Tab, you’ll switch between windows on the remote machine. If you’re in windowed mode, you’ll Alt + Tab between windows on your computer. You can change this so that Windows key combinations are only recognized by the client machine or the host machine.

only recognized by the client machine

Lastly, you can choose the settings for the Local devices and resources. By default, you can share clipboards between machines (i.e. copy from the host and paste to the client) and print a document from the host machine on a printer connected to the client machine.

print a document from the host machine

You may also want to share other devices and resources, such as hard drives. Click or tap More to see more options. If you check Drives , you’ll be able to select which drives and volumes you want to share with the host machine. These show up under tsclient on the host machine, in the Network section of your File Explorer in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 or Windows Explorer in Windows 7.

Network section of your File Explorer

The Experience tab lets you further tweak your settings for better performance. For example, it makes sense to disable the desktop background, menu and window animations since these aren’t essential for most tasks you’ll be performing remotely. You can also disable font smoothing to make text a little bit more readable, especially when the screen is resized. Also, you can have Remote Desktop Connection choose the best settings for you based on your connection speed from the drop-down menu.

The Advanced tab gives you additional options. Here, you can change how Server authentication behaves. Normally, Remote Desktop Connection will check to make sure that the server name on the certificate matches the computer name you entered to initiate the connection. If they don’t match, you’ll be warned before connecting.

If you want to skip this message, you can choose to “Connect and don’t warn me”. This may be useful if you are using the IP address to connect to the remote machine. If that’s the case, the authentication will always fail, since the remote computer won’t identify itself on the server.

Or, you can choose “Do not connect” if the server authentication fails, which will cancel the connection without warning you if the server name doesn’t match.

Advanced tab gives you additional options

Lastly, you can also set up your Remote Desktop Gateway settings by clicking/tapping the Settings button under “Connect from anywhere”. Remote Desktop Gateways are used for connecting into corporate networks or Virtual Private Networks ( VPNs ) from outside those networks. For example, if you were at home and you wanted to connect to your desktop at the office via Remote Desktop Connection , you may need to use a Remote Desktop Gateway. Check with your network administrator to find out how to configure these settings.

Remote Desktop Gateway

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