How to Extend a Windows Desktop to Another Computer

By Ruri Ranbe

Remote desktop services creates a connection between two computers on a network, projecting the desktop on the remote computer to the other PC. You can use Remote Desktop Connection to collaborate with others, provide technical assistance or access your files from another location. To access a particular workstation, configure Windows 8 to accept remote connections. Although you can use RDC with any Windows computer, only Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro accept incoming connections.

Enable Remote Connections

Sign on to the computer you want to connect to, press "Windows-W" and then type "system" into the search bar.

Select "System" from the results to open the System window. Click "Remote Settings" and enter an administrative password, if prompted.

Select "Allow Remote Connections to this Computer" under Remote Desktop and then click "Select Users."

Click "Add" to open the Select Users or Groups dialog box. Click "Locations" and choose a network device from the options.

Enter an account name into the field provided and then click "Check Names." To allow all users on that computer to create a remote connection, type "Everyone."

Click "OK" to close each window and enable RDC.

Create the Connection

Press "Windows-Q" to open search, type "remote" and then select "Remote Desktop Connection" from the results.

Enter the IP address or host name of the computer into the "Computer" field.

Click "Connect" to log in to the remote computer. The computer's desktop appears on your screen.


Uncheck the "Allow Connections Only From Computers Running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication" option if you're connecting to the computer from a PC running Windows Vista or earlier.

To find a computer's name, check the information under "Computer Name, Domain and Workgroup Settings" in the System window.