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Windows 7 Remote Desktop Activation

Let’s activate Windows 7 Remote Desktop feature if you want to connect to this computer remotely from other computer. This is useful if you have several computers on your home network and you wish to remote access all other computers from only a computer.

Would like to tell you that you can only activate this Remote Desktop feature in Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise, however Remote Desktop client is available in all editions of Windows 7.

Without wasting more time, this is the way to activate Windows 7 Remote Desktop feature :

1) As usual, go to Start, right click Computer and then click on Properties.

Windows 7 computer properties

2) The computer properties window will appear, proceed to click on Remote settings. If you don’t like this way, you can also open this window by going to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System.

Win7 remote desktop settings

3) Proceed to click on Remote tab in System Properties window, this is the location you could enable this Remote Desktop access feature. Click on Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) option if your Remote Desktop client doesn’t support Network Level Authentication.

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.

activate remote desktop in Windows 7

Note: I highly recommend you to choose that Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure) option if your Remote Desktop client supports that Network Level Authentication. If you want to check, just open the client (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection) and click on upper left corner icon to open the About window, you will then find out whether it’s supported.

check remote desktop client Windows 7 - Network Level Authentication

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 Ivan the current logged on user in this case). You can click Add... to add other users.

select users for remote desktop

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.

allow remote desktop traffic on 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.

windows firewall customized settings

Note: If you plan to change the default Remote Desktop listening port TCP 3339 to other port, check out this changing Remote Desktop port article.

That’s it! You have completed Windows 7 Remote Desktop activation.

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