How to Disable Remote Access

by Pamela Gardapee

If you have Windows XP Professional, you have the ability to work on one computer from another if you have activated remote access and have the name and password that was used to set up the remote access on the host computer. To make sure that no one can access the host computer, you must manually disable the access to the host computer after you have enabled it and passed out the username and password to other users.

Long Way


Click the start button in the left hand corner. Click on "Run" and type gpedit.msc in the dialog box that opens. Click "OK" to open the group policy editor.


Click on "Computer Configuration" and click on "Administrative Templates." Click on "Windows Components." Click on "Terminal Services."


Click on the heading, "Allow users to connect remotely using terminal services."


Look for the button that says "Enable" in the dialog box. Even though you are disabling the remote access, click on "Enable." Click "OK" and the system will end the remote access.

Short Way


Use a simpler way if you are in a rush. Click "My Computer," click "Properties," then click "Remote."


Clear the "Allow users to connect remotely to the computer" by un-checking the box.


Click "OK" and the remote access is disabled.

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About the Author

Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.

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