Access your PC remotely with Windows 8
Want to get into your PC’s hard drive while you’re out and about?
Or maybe you want to open your computer up so that a friend can take control of it over the internet and troubleshoot a problem for you.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 has Remote Access controls built in, s getting the desktop from PC on to the screen of another is a cinch.
How to set up remote access:
- On the PC that you want to share the desktop from, search for Remote from the Start Screen and select the option for Allow remote access to your computer.
- In the next dialogue, you’ll be presented with a radio box choice to allow or not allow other computers to connect to yours. By default, this is switched off, so turn it on and click Apply.
- If you’re going to be using the same Windows username for both machines, that’s all you have to do.
- Otherwise, click Select Users and add the account credentials for the user you want to be able to access your machine. So if you’re trying to fix a parent’s PC, for example, they would add your Windows 8 log-in details here. If you’re asking a friend to fix yours, you can add their Windows account.
- Now, on the PC you’re connecting from search the Start Screen for Remote again, and this time choose the option for Remote Desktop Connection.
- If you’ve logged in using the credentials described above, you’ll be presented with a drop down list of computers you have access to. Select the one you want and click ‘Connect’.
- Next, you’ll be asked to log in again, as an extra precaution. Click ‘Yes’ on the warning dialogue that follows.
And that’s it – you’ll see a new window open on your desktop that will show the desktop of the other PC. Once inside that window, you have control over everything – the keyboard, mouse and control panels, and so on.
When you’ve fixed the problem, the other user can log you out by removing your credentials under the Allow remote access setting described above.
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