How to Access the Remote Desktop from Your Laptop

Once your computer is configured to accept a remote desktop connection, you can use another computer on the network — say, your laptop — to access that computer and use it remotely.

  1. From the Start menu of your laptop, choose All Programs→Accessories→Remote Desktop Connection.

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    The bold and mighty Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears, as shown above. Okay, maybe it's not so mighty.

  2. Choose a computer from the drop-down list, or choose the Browse for More option in the list to find a computer on the network.

    Keep in mind that the computer must already have been configured to accept a remote desktop connection.

  3. Click the Connect button.

    You must log in to the remote computer by using an account on that computer.

  4. In the security window, choose your account name from the list or select Use Another Account.

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  5. Enter your username (if necessary) and the password.

  6. Click the Submit button.

    Peruse the security warning that appears; chances are that all the settings are okay and, as long as you know that the computer is used fairly and not sloppily with regard to security, connecting to it is okay.

  7. Click the Yes button in the Security Warning dialog box.

    Windows makes the connection with the remote computer, eventually displaying its desktop on your computer screen.

After the connection is made, the remote computer might log off any user and display the Welcome screen.

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