How to Allow Remote Access to My Computer

By Jim Campbell

If you want to leave your computer open for remote access, you must enable it in your Windows settings. Remote Desktop is installed with each copy of Windows you add to a computer, and the service is enabled in your system settings. It only takes a few steps to allow Remote Access, which then allows you or another user who has access to your machine to remotely control it.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" orb. The popup menu has a "Computer" icon. Right-click it. This displays a popup menu instead of opening Windows Explorer. Click "Properties" in the popup window.

Step 2

Click the link named "Remote Settings" located on the left of the opened window. This opens your system properties and activates the Remote Desktop tab.

Step 3

Check the option labeled "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop." This allows you or another user to remotely control the computer.

Step 4

Check "Allow remote assistance connections to this computer." This allows a help desk support person to connect to the computer once by invitation. This is beneficial if you call technical support for help with your system settings.

Step 5

Click "Select Users." In the opened window, click "Add." Type a network user name in the text box and click "OK." This is the user name you use to log in to the machine when you use Remote Access. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Step 6

Click "OK" to save your settings. Remote Desktop is enabled on your computer and can be used at any time from any computer on the network.