How do I use the Windows remote desktop facility?

You can use the Windows remote desktop facility to connect to your office computer from another computer, as long as both are connected to the University network either on campus or from home using VPN ( How do I do that? ).

You cannot use this facility to connect to or from a computer in halls.

The computer you are connecting to will need to left on and connected to the network for this facility to work.

Please select your operating system:


How do I setup the Windows remote desktop facility in Windows 8?

On the computer you wish to connect to:

  • You will need your own user name and password to log on
  • On the start screen, search for Control Panel ( How do I do that? )
  • In the results click on Control Panel
  • Click on System
  • Click Remote settings on the left hand task pane
  • You will be asked for a user name and password - this needs to be an Administrator user name and password
  • Choose Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) and click Apply
  • Find the IP address of this computer so you can set up remote connection ( How do I do that? )

On to the computer you want to connect from:

If you are trying to use remote desktop from home you need to set up the VPN connection first ( How do I do that? ).

  • Go to Start
  • Click All Programs then Accessories and click Remote Desktop Connection
  • Type in the IP Address of the computer you want to connect to and click Connect
  • You will be asked for a user name and password. This is the user name and password you use to log on to the computer you are connecting to.


How do I setup the Windows remote desktop facility in Windows 7?

You can only remote desktop into computers running Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate or Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate

On the computer you wish to connect to:

  • You will need your own user name and password to log on
  • Go to Start
  • Choose Control Panel
  • Click System and Security
  • Click on System
  • Click Remote settings on the left hand task pane
  • You will be asked for a user name and password - this needs to be an Administrator user name and password
  • Choose Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) and click Apply
  • Click OK and close all windows you have opened
  • Find the IP address of this computer so you can set up remote connection ( How do I do that? )

On to the computer you want to connect from:

If you are trying to use remote desktop from home you need to set up the VPN connection first ( How do I do that? ).

  • Go to Start
  • Choose All Programs then Accessories and click Remote Desktop Connection
  • Type in the IP Address of the computer you want to connect to and click Connect
  • You will be asked for a user name and password. This is the user name and password you use to log on to the computer you are connecting to.