How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10

In this post, you will learn how to enable or disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10. You can use Remote Desktop to connect to and control your PC from a remote device, When you allow remote connections to your PC, you can use another device to connect to your PC and have access to all of your apps, files, and other resources without going in front of PC. To connect to a remote PC, the target computer must be turned on and have a network connection.

This post will help you to provide the steps to enable Remote Desktop to connect and access your files and apps remotely using the Settings app as well as using Registry on Windows 10.

Enable Windows Remote Desktop Access Using Settings

You can configure your PC for remote access with following steps. Lets get started

You must be logged in as an Administrator on the computer.

  • On the Windows 10 device you want to connect to, select Start and then click the Settings. Select the System.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  •  Under System, scroll down to select Remote Desktop. Use the slider to enable Remote Desktop then click confirm.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  • Click the Confirm button on the confirmation dialog box.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  • When you turn on Remote Desktop, It is also recommended to keep the PC awake and discoverable to facilitate connections. By default these two options are automatically enabled, If its not Click Show settings to enable.
  • If needed, add users who can connect remotely by clicking Select users that can remotely access this PC. Members of the Administrators group automatically have access.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  • In the Advanced settings, you will get additional options. This is used to more secure the connection by require devices to use Network level authentication. Under Remote Desktop Port – Port number 3389 being mapped. This is the default port used by Remote Desktop connections.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  • Once you complete the steps, you will be able to take remote access to devices.

Enable or Disable Windows Remote Desktop Assistance Using Registry

To add or import a registry value follow these steps:

  • To Enable Windows Remote Desktop, Open Notepad, Copy and paste the registry value below into the text editor.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance]
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:00000001
  • It will look like in the following syntax, when you see the file.
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10

To Disable Windows Remote Desktop, Open Notepad, Copy and paste the registry value below into the text editor.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance]
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:00000000
  • In the File menu, Select Save As and click Browse to your preferred folder or location. In the File name box provide the appropriate name “FileName.reg” with .reg extension and Choose Save as type “All” from drop-down list. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right click and select Merge option on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
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How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10
  • Once Information in path of .reg file has been successfully entered into the registry below prompt will be appear. Click OK.
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How to Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Access in Windows 10

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