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Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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Video: Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop

We're going to explore a scenario now where you may need to give someone access to your computer from a remote location. Think of an IT support call, for example, where they need to be able to get in and look at your system and make adjustments. Or maybe someone's given you access to their computer remotely. We're going to look at both scenarios starting here at the start screen. Type in the word remote. When you do that, you'll see a number of options containing the word remote, including the program called remote desktop connection.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop

We're going to explore a scenario now where you may need to give someone access to your computer from a remote location. Think of an IT support call, for example, where they need to be able to get in and look at your system and make adjustments. Or maybe someone's given you access to their computer remotely. We're going to look at both scenarios starting here at the start screen. Type in the word remote. When you do that, you'll see a number of options containing the word remote, including the program called remote desktop connection.

That's what we use to connect to our remote computer. Now if someone's going to be connecting to yours, you need to give them access. If you're going to be connecting to theirs, they need to give you access. And we do that by going to the allow remote access to your computer option. Let's give it a click. All of this runs in the old desktop environment. You can see System Properties opens up. So we could have gone to Control Panel, System, and gone to the Remote tab, but this little shortcut takes us directly to where we need to be to allow remote connections to this computer.

All we do is click the radio button next to Allow Remote Connections. And you can decide whether or not those connections need to be from computers running remote desktop with network level authentication turned on. And you can see that is the default. It's a little more secure. When you click Apply, people will be able to access your computer now, once you provide them with the computer name, potentially even your IP address. You go up to computer name, you'll see the name of your computer, as well as a potential description, for example. Well click OK, that's been set up.

Now people will be able to use that remote desktop connection app to connect to my computer. Let's go to the reverse scenario now, where someone's just given you access and provided you with the name of a computer. Well, in that case, from your start screen, we'll press the Windows key to get there. You would again begin to type in the word remote, but this time select the app remote desktop connection. And you can see this is a program that's about to run. All that you need is the computer name, or, if it's an IP address, enter it here, click Connect, and what you'll be looking at is their desktop.

You'll have full access to their computer, and at the end you'll disconnect. So I'll just close this up. We'll go back to our start screen and, when you no longer need to give remote access, you can turn it off. From here we'll type in Remote. Where it says Allow Remote Access to your Computer, we go back to that, but this time, of course, we're going to select Don't Allow Remote Connections. Then click Apply or just go straight to OK to turn that off. And that's how you get and receive remote access to another computer.

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