How to enable remote desktop in Windows 11

This article explains how to enable remote desktop in Windows 11 in several ways. The steps are the same on server and desktop version of Windows 11.

Once upon a time, the remote and hybrid workspace was a dream, but after the pandemic, it’s no longer a dream. Most of the time you work from home and in this situation you need to have remote access to your office computer. There are several third-party applications that you can use for remote desktops. But why not use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop tool which is easy to use, highly secure and free. Since Remote Desktop is a built-in Windows feature, it was reintroduced with Windows XP and it’s still around.

For starters, Remote Desktop gives you the ability to access to take control of another computer from anywhere. As I said earlier, there are several applications, but Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) is very popular among Windows users. By default, Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) is disabled on both the server and the Windows desktop. This setting was implemented from earlier versions of Windows.

If you want to use remote desktop, the first step is to enable it, because it has been disabled. Once you enable and configure the required settings for Remote Desktop, you connect to another PC for troubleshooting, accessing files, applications, network resources, and more with a physical presence.

Table of contents 

  • How to enable remote desktop in Windows 11 from Settings?
  • How to enable remote desktop in Windows 11 from control panel?
  • Enable remote desktop using CMD
  • Enable Remote Desktop using PowerShell

1. How to enable remote desktop in Windows 11 from Settings?

Since Microsoft is determined to move all settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app, it’s best to start there. open settings by right-clicking (Windows button + X) on the start menu and choosing settings.

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open Settings

Under the system, you will find Remote Desktop, click on it.

Access Remote Desktop

Toggle it to activate.

Enable remote desktop

After that a pop-up to confirm remote desktop will appear, click confirm.

Confirm to enable remote desktop

After enabling remote desktop in Windows 11, there are two settings you need to know.

Requiring computers to use Network Level Authentication to connect is very important to increase the security of Remote Desktop. Every time a user tries to access the PC via Remote Desktop, authentication must be configured.

Note: If you are using older Windows versions like XP, Vista to Windows 11, make sure to disable it.

Also, you will see that the default port number for remote desktop is 3389.

Remote Desktop Options

How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 11 from Control Panel?

If you have already enabled Remote Desktop from Control Panel in Windows 7, 8 or 10, the steps are the same. I’m just guiding you, so you should know.

The first step is to open the control panel, click on the search box in the taskbar and search for the control panel.

Find the control panel

Make sure the control panel is displayed by group, otherwise finding the remote desktop in the control panel may confuse you a bit. After that click on System and Security.

System and security

under the system, you will see “Allow remote access”, click on it.

Allow remote access

After that, a new window will open where you need to enable “remote assistance and remote desktop”.

Allow Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop

Enable Remote Desktop Using CMD

If you’re good with commands, you should definitely use them because it’s faster. The first step is to run CMD as administrator, so search for it in the taskbar search box.

Run CMD as administrator

Run the following command to enable remote desktop.

reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

To disable remote desktop from CMD, run the following command.

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Enable Remote Desktop Using PowerShell

First, run PowerShell as administrator.

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To enable remote desktop using PowerShell, run the following command.

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 0

To disable remote desktop using Powershell, run the following command.

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 1

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