Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 7

By default remote desktop is disabled in Windows 7. The following steps detail how to enable it.

Please note, this only applies to Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise. Home editions do not support remote desktop.

This should also work when connecting from Windows XP and Windows Vista as long as you have a current version of the Remote Desktop Client.

  1. Click on the ‘Windows’ (Start) button
  2. Right click on ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Properties’
  3. From the left hand menu select ‘Remote settings’
  4. You can now remote into the desktop using any account which is a member of the “Administrators” or “Remote Desktop Users” groups.