How to Check If Remote Desktop Is Enabled

By John Ruiz

Remote Desktop is a Windows component that lets users from remote areas to access the computer. Controlling a computer with Remote Desktop enabled feels as if you have local access to the system where you can move the mouse cursor, interact with the desktop environment, run programs, and transfer files. This is useful if you want friends, relatives, or other professionals to perform troubleshooting on your system without letting them visit your place. Check if the Remote Desktop feature is enabled before you let other people connect to your system remotely.

Step 1

Right-click the "My Computer" or "Computer" icon on your desktop and click "Properties." Click the "Remote settings" link on the left if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Step 2

Click the "Remote" tab to see the related Remote Desktop settings.

Step 3

Check if the Remote Desktop feature is enabled by seeing if the "Don't allow connections to this computer" is not selected. For Windows XP, the Remote Desktop feature is turned on if the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" has a ticked checkbox.