How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to turn on or enable Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 11.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection is a tool that lets you remotely connect to another PC from anywhere. It is built into Windows and is disabled by default in Windows 11.

When you turn on Windows Desktop, you’ll be able to access your computer remotely as long as the computer is turned on and accessible over the network. From outside your home or office, you may need to use a VPN to connect to the machine.

Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with turning on Remote Desktop Connection in Windows, follow the steps below:

Turn on Windows Desktop

To turn on or enable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 11, go to the Settings page. You can get there by clicking the Start button and selecting Settings icon gear as shown below.

windows 11 settings button

From the Settings page, scroll down and select Remote Desktop as shown in the image below.

windows 11 remote desktop connection

On the Remote Desktop pane, move the button to enable or turn on Remote Desktop. When this enable, you will be able to connect and use the PC from another device using Remote Desktop app.

windows 11 turn on remote desktop

By default, the first account created on the machine is automatically added to the administrators group. Users who want to connect via Remote Desktop must be in the administrators group or member of the Remote Desktop group on the local PC.

Add Users to Remote Desktop Users group

To add users to the Remote Desktop Users group, click on the Remote Desktop users link highlighted below.

windows 11 remote desktop users

When the pane opens, click Add and begin adding users who should connect to the machine remotely.

windows 11 remote desktop users add

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11. If you find any error above please use the comment form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. George Overstreet

    I have Windows 11 installed on two machines and both give the same error when trying to connect via RDP in that the incorrect password was used. I’ve copy pasted to machines that do work (Windows 10) without issues. Paste the same info into Windows 11 machine and it says the password is invalid. Anyone else run into this?

    Edition Windows 11 Pro
    Version 21H2
    Installed on ‎9/‎23/‎2021
    OS build 22000.194
    Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22000.194.0

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