Control your Windows Device Remotely (Windows to Windows)

Overview

Usually, establishing a remote connection between two Windows devices requires the insecure opening of ports on your internet router. With remote.it, however, it's possible to remotely control a Windows device quickly, securely, and without opening ports.

We have a video tutorial on this topic. Check it out here!

The remote.it Windows software application along with the Windows 10 built-in Remote Desktop (RDP), is all you need for this to work.

Note:

Some editions of Windows do not support RDP. In that case, you will need to use a different remote connection software, such as VNC. Here are a couple options:

TightVNC: https://www.tightvnc.com/download.php (free)

RealVNC: https://www.realvnc.com/en/ (free trial) 

Before we begin, please make sure that you have a remote.it account. If you do not have an account, please make one here.

Additionally, download and install the remote.it Desktop Application on both Windows Devices. For information on how to do that, see our guide here.

 

Finally, please ensure that both Devices are powered, awake, and connected to the internet.

Please follow the simple steps below to configure remote access:

  1. Set the RDP remote access permissions on the target machine.

  2. Register the target machine.

  3. Create an RDP Service on the target machine.

  4. Connect remotely from another Windows Device.

  5. Terminate the Connection.

 

Set up RDP Remote Access

In order to remotely access a Windows machine, you must set the RDP permissions on the machine you wish to connect to.

First, open the “Control Panel” and navigate to “System and Security”.

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This computer is running Windows 10.


Find “System” and click “Allow remote access”.

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You may have to enter your administrator password when changing some of these options.


A “System Properties” window will open with the “Remote” tab already selected.

Under “Remote Desktop”, select “Allow remote connections to this computer”.

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Make sure to apply and press "OK" to save your changes.


Please note that these options will not be present if your computer is set to go to sleep while not in use. Additionally, you will not be able to remotely access a computer that is asleep.

To change the sleep settings, go back to “System and Security” and click on “Power Options”.

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Next to Balanced, click “Change plan settings”.

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Make sure you change the plan settings for whatever plan you are currently using.


In the “Put the computer to sleep” drop-down menu, select “Never”.

Note:

In the “Turn off the display” drop-down menu, selecting "Never" is not required.

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Make sure that these settings are saved by click "Save changes". Make sure that the remote connection options are also properly saved, as detailed above.

RDP is now enabled on your Windows machine!

 

Register the Target Machine

The next step is to register the target machine as a Device with remote.it. This enables you to use remote.it to connect to your Device from anywhere.

First, open the remote.it Desktop App on the target machine and sign in. You can download the Desktop App here:

Navigate to the Settings tab and click on “Set up remote access”.

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Enter a Device name that is easy to remember. This is how you will identify the Device in your remote.it account. The default name is the name of your system. Register the Device and click “Yes” when prompted.

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If you only want to install the RDP Service, feel free to un-check the default Services provided.


Now you're ready to create a Service!

 

Create an RDP Service

In order to make a connection to your newly registered Device, you will need to add an RDP Service to it. This is not one of the Services available to quick-add when you were registering your Device.

In the Settings tab, click on the name of your Device. Under “Hosted Services”, click the “Add manually” button.

Enter a Service name. Then, under “Type”, select “RDP” from the drop-down menu.

Note:

The correct port (3389) and host address will be selected by default. Do not change these values.

Adding a Service does not open this port to the internet, and will only be accessible from your remote.it account. This makes remote.it much more secure than traditional methods.

Click the check-mark to save the Service and click “Yes” when prompted.

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I've set up an RDP Service. I called mine RDP Service because it's easy to keep track of.


Next, navigate to the Devices tab and refresh the page. The Device you just registered will now be displayed. If you click on it, you will also see the RDP Service you just registered.

Now you are ready to connect remotely.

 

Connect Remotely

Open the remote.it Desktop App on the computer you will be connecting from and sign in with the same credentials as you used on the other device.

After a few minutes, the Device you registered earlier will appear under the Devices tab. Click on it, and you’ll see the RDP Service that you created.

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If I click on my windows2windows Device, I will find my RDP Service.


Click the green “Connect” button next to the Service. The button will turn blue, signifying that you are now connected.

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I've now connected to my other computer with remote.it!


Click the clipboard icon to copy the address to your clipboard. This is the address that you will use to connect to the original Device.

It will be a localhost address, meaning that you will be connecting directly to your target Device. This is known as a Peer to Peer Connection. If you're curious about Peer to Peer Connections, check out the following guide, found here.

Once the address is copied to your clipboard, open the RDP client application on your client Windows machine. It is called “Remote Desktop Connection”. Paste the address into the text field and click “Connect”.

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I pasted in the address I got from the clipboard icon on the Desktop App.


Enter the username and password of the target Windows Device and press “Ok”. Click “Yes” when prompted.

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The window should look like this (Windows 10).


You are now remotely connected and controlling your Windows Device and can use it as usual!

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Whenever you want to access the connection, just connect through the remote.it Desktop App, copy the address, and paste it into the RDP client.

Continue with the tutorial to learn how to terminate your connection:

 

Terminate the Connection

To stop the connection, close the RDP client application.

Return to the remote.it Desktop App and navigate to either the Connections tab or the Devices tab.

From the Connections tab, click the “Disconnect” button next to the Service you wish to stop.

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This is what the Connections tab will look like.


From the Devices tab, click on the Device you are connected to and click the “Disconnect” button next to the Service you wish to stop.

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Here is my Service on the Devices tab.
 
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