How to Enable Windows 8 Remote Desktop Feature

How to Enable Windows 8 Remote Desktop Feature? You will think about this if you want to connect and access this Remote Desktop enabled computer from other Windows computer in order to manage the system, use application, print document or access other resources.
This remote desktop connection feature can be enabled in Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro, and you can connect to it from a computer running any edition of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows RT.

Let’s follow these step-by-step instructions to get it works:

1) On start screen, click Desktop tile in order to go to Windows desktop environment that you are familiar with.
Windows 8 desktop
2) When you are in typical Desktop environment, move your finger or cursor to the upper or lower right in order to open the Charms bar, after that click on Search charm.
Windows 8 search charm
3) Search charm will appear, select Settings and type system and proceed with searching, after that click on System from search result.
search system settings
4) Proceed to click on Remote settings in System window.
Windows 8 remote settings
5) Immediately your will be shown Remote tab in System Properties window, this is the location you could enable this Remote Desktop access feature. Click on Allow remote connections to this computer option if your Remote Desktop client could be initiated from older windows OS, such as Windows XP or Vista.

Check the box next to Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended) if the Remote Desktop clients are from Windows 7 or Windows 8. This is much secure way to establish Remote Desktop connection.

You are also required to click Select Users button to choose the users that can connect to this computer remotely. Continue to read more below before clicking Apply and OK button.
Windows 8 enable remote desktop
Note: If you click Select Users button in System Properties window, you can add the users that can connect to this computer remotely. By default the current user id that you use to enable this Remote Desktop will be allowed to connect remotely (which is Denis the current logged on user in this case). You can click Add... to add other users.
Win8 remote desktop users
Note: Please note that the Remote Desktop must be enabled (in your respective network location type) as exception in Windows Firewall, so that this Remote Desktop traffic will be permitted by firewall! If not this Remote Desktop traffic will be dropped by this firewall and you could not access Windows 8 computer remotely.

If you are interested about the Remote Desktop port number, the port number is TCP3389.
remote desktop 3389 for firewall
Note: Please also make sure Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed programs check box is not enabled in Windows firewall! If it’s check, then no remote connection can be made from other computers.
allow remote desktop through firewall
That’s it! You have done it. You can now connecting to this computer from other computer with remote desktop client.

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