How to Do a Remote Desktop Using Internet Explorer

By Dave Wilson

Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop service enables you to connect to the desktop of a computer from a remote location. However, if you need to access the Remote Desktop computer from another computer that does not have the Remote Desktop client software installed, you can still connect to the Remote Desktop computer using the Internet Explorer Web browser as long as Remote Desktop Web Connection is configured as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Remote Desktop Web Connection software
  • Microsoft Windows 7- or Windows Vista-based computer

Step 1

Click the "Start" button, click "Control Panel," double-click "Programs" and then select "Programs and Features."

Step 2

Click "Turn Windows features on or off."

Step 3

Click "Internet Information Services," and then click to select the "Web Management Tools" box, and the "World Wide Web Services" box. Click the "OK" button.

Step 4

Install the Remote Desktop Web Connection software by double-clicking on the tswebsetup.exe file and then follow the installation prompts to complete the installation.

Step 5

Double-click the "System" icon in the "Control Panel," then click "Advanced System Settings."

Step 6

Click the "Remote" tab in the "System Properties" window and click "Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer."

Step 7

Click the "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)" radio button.

Step 8

Click the "Advanced" button, and then in the window that appears, select the "Allow this computer to be controlled remotely" box, and then click the "OK" button.

Step 9

Click the "OK" button to save the new settings and close the "System Properties" window.

Step 10

Open Internet Explorer on a different computer. Type "http://x.x.x.x/TSWeb" into the address bar at the top of Internet Explorer, substituting "x.x.x.x" with the IP address of the Remote Desktop Web Connection computer. Press the "Enter" key to connect to the Remote Desktop Web Connection computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If connecting to the computer over the Internet, configure the router or firewall protecting the Remote Desktop Web Connection computer to forward ports 80 and 3389 to the IP address of the Remote Desktop Web Connection computer.