Networking, Remote Desktop Gateway Service, Configuring Windows To Allow Remote Connections

How to allow Remote Desktop Connections on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Windows Remote Desktop (Remote Access) is a feature of all modern Windows operating systems that allows a user to access a system remotely over a network connection. This feature is turned off by default.

The Remote Desktop Gateway Service is a service provided by Technology Services that allows remote access to systems through a central "gateway" using Active Directory authentication. This works for any system with Remote Access enabled, including those behind a closed firewall group.  Refer to KB https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/page.php?id=47684 for more information on how to make use of this service.

Configuring Remote Access on Windows:

Windows 7

Note: You cannot use Remote Desktop to connect to computers that are running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium.
  1. Click on the "Start" Button.
  2. Right click on "Computer."  A menu will pop up.
  3. Click on "Properties."
  4. Click on "Remote Settings" which is located on the left panel.
  5. Under the "Remote Desktop" section, choose the appropriate option (e.g. Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.)
  6. Click on the "Select Users" button.
  7. You may see that your account already has access.  If it does not you may need to add an account
    1. Click "Add."
    2. Type in your NetID.
    3. Click "OK."
  8. Click "OK" to close open dialogue windows.

Windows 8

  1. Open Search.
    • If using a touch screen: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select "Search".
    • If using a mouse, navigate to the lower right corner, move the mouse pointer up, and click "Search."
  2. Type "remote desktop" in the search box. 
  3. Tap, or click "Select users who can use remote desktop.
  4. Under the "Remote Desktop" section, choose the appropriate option (e.g. Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.)
  5. Click on the "Select Users" button.
  6. You may see that your account already has access.  If it does not you may need to add an account
    1. Click "Add."
    2. Type in your NetID.
    3. Click "OK."
  7. Click "OK" to close open dialogue windows.

Window 10

  1. In the "Search the web and Windows" box, type "remote desktop."
  2. In the search results, select "Allow remote access to your computer."
  3. Under the "Remote Desktop" section, choose the appropriate option (e.g. Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.)
  4. Click on the "Select Users" button.
  5. You may see that your account already has access.  If it does not you may need to add an account.
    1. Click "Add."
    2. Type in your NetID.
    3. Click "OK."
  6. Click "OK" to close open dialogue windows.



Keywords:RDP, Remote Access, Remote Desktop, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10   Doc ID:58086
Owner:Active D.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-11-10 11:36 CDTUpdated:2017-04-25 10:33 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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