How to Configure Remote Desktop on Windows 11

This guide will show you how to enable the Remote Desktop feature on a supported Windows 11 PC and how to remote access the PC.

Windows 10 Remote - Connection were made successfully.

The Remote Desktop is a feature that enables you to remotely access your Windows 11 desktop from another computer on your network. It’s an exclusive Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise edition feature that isn’t available on the Home edition.

To enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11, go to Settings > System > Remote Desktop. From there, turn on the Remote Desktop feature switch. For more detailed directions, check the following step-by-step guides.

Table of contents

  1. Remote Desktop Requirements
    1. Remote PC
    2. Local PC
  2. Configuring Remote PCs to Accept Remote Desktop Connection
  3. Establishing a Remote Desktop Connection

1. Remote Desktop Requirements

To use the Remote Desktop feature, you need the following:

1.1. Remote PC

  • Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise edition – A PC you want to gain access to is having a Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 11. The Remote Desktop feature is not available on Windows 11 Home.
  • Accepting Remote Desktop – You must configure the PC to have the Remote Desktop feature turned on.
  • Proper user accounts and permissions – you must either be a member of the Administrators or Remote Users group.
  • Connected to a LAN or Internet.

1.2. Local PC

  1. Remote Desktop Connections Programs – Your PC must have a Remote Desktop Connection program or any compatible programs with RDP protocol support.
  2. Connected to a LAN or Internet.

2. Configuring Remote PCs to Accept Remote Desktop Connection

To configure a PC to accept the Remote Desktop connection, use these steps:

  1. Right-click Start, and then click Settings.
    Windows 11: Right-click Start, and select Settings
  2. On the System page, select Remote Desktop.
    Windows 11 Settings: System - Remote Desktop
  3. On the Remote Desktop page, click the toggle to enable the Remote Desktop.
    Windows 11 Settings: Turn on Remote Desktop
  4. Click Confirm.
    Windows 11 Settings: Confirm Enabling Remote Desktop
  5. The Remote Desktop is now enabled.
    Windows 11 Settings: Remote Desktop Enabled

Remember the PC name since you’ll need it when establishing a remote desktop connection.

3. Establishing a Remote Desktop Connection

To establish a remote desktop connection to a remote PC, do the following:

  1. Click Start, and type the “Remote” phrase to search for the Remote Desktop Connection app.
  2. Under the Best match section, click Remote Desktop Connection to open the app.
    Windows 10 - Open Remote Desktop Connection App
  3. Type a remote PC name, IP address, or DNS name into the Computer box, and then click Connet.
    Windows 10 Remote - Enter Computer Name and Connect
  4. Click More choices when you want to enter a different account from the current one.
    Windows 10 Remote - More choices
  5. Click Use a different account.
    Windows 10 Remote - Use a different account
  6. Enter the remote username and password.
  7. Check the “Rember me” box if you want it to save your credentials for later use and then click OK.
    Windows 10 Remote - Enter username, password, remember, and OK
  8. Check
    Windows 10 Remote - don't ask for certificate and OK
  9. The remote desktop connection will start. When connected, you will see your remote PC’s desktop.
    Windows 10 Remote - Connection were made successfully.

Hopefully, this guide helped you to establish a remote desktop connection between computers on your network. If you have any questions or problems with the steps detailed in this tutorial, please let me know in the comment below.