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Method of configuring Remote Desktop option in Windows® 7

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How do you configure Remote Desktop option in Windows 7?

With Remote Desktop you can control a system from another office, home or while traveling. This feature lets you to use the data, applications and network resources that are on your office computer without being in your office. Remote Desktop is the new name for the older Windows based Terminal Services Client that would let you connect to and manage a server remotely for up to two connections, allowing you to perform maintenance on the server and so on. To use Remote Desktop connection feature you need some prerequisites in your system.

Following are the features of Windows 7 Remote Desktop feature:

  • Redirection of network printers
  • Connection bar
  • Configure Remote Desktop Access

Redirection of network printers

The Remote Desktop connection desktop feature in Windows 7 helps the you to redirect network printers. This network printer redirection allows you to have network printers that are installed on the local system to be redirected to Remote Desktop session. You can send print jobs to your network printer without having to make configuration changes, or install additional printers. This feature can be disabled from the Local Resources tab of Remote Desktop client.

Connection bar

The Connection Bar allows you to easily minimize and maximize a full-screen Remote Desktop session. The Connection Bar contains a feature called Pushpin and if Pushpin is turned on for the Connection Bar, it is always displayed. If this is not turned on for the Connection Bar, it is only displayed when you move the mouse to the top of the screen. The Connection Bar can be disabled in the Display Options section.

Configure Remote Desktop Access

From Control Panel you need to click ‘System’ from System and Security and System select ‘Remote Settings’ and open the ‘System Properties’ dialog box on the ‘Remote’ tab. To enable Remote Desktop you need to select one from two options. Once the option is selected you need to select ‘Users’ which will display the Remote Desktop users dialog box. To permit Remote Desktop access, you need to click ‘Add’. From ‘select users dialog box’ you need to choose select locations to select the computer or domain in which the users you will like to work. Now select a field and then click ‘Check Names’. If you find matches, select the account you want to use and then click ‘Ok’. Update the name if you don’t find any and try searching again.

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