Setting up Remote Desktop on a PC and then Accessing your Computer Remotely

With Remote Desktop, you can connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work.

These instructions are intended to assist you in using Remote Desktop within the UW network environment. 

Preparing Your Office Computer for a Remote Desktop Connection 

Note: Your office computer must be set to allow connections. 

  1. In Windows 10, click the Windows button . Select the File Exporer option. 

  1. Right click on This PC and select Properties.

  1. Select Remote Settings on the left side of the screen.  (Note: You may need an administrative username/password)


  1. Select the Remote tab, in the Remote Assistance section select Allow Remote Assistance Connections to this computer, and in the Remote Desktop section, select the Allow remote connections to this computer bubble.



  1. You can add users so go ahead and click Select Users 


  1. Put in your username.


  1. Choose your username from the list and select OK


  1. Select the Computer Name tab, and make a note of the full computer name, as you will need it in order to connect to your computer remotely.



Click OK.


Next type in and select power and sleep settings and make the following change.  



Set sleep to Never for desktop and never on power for laptops.  

Establishing a Remote Desktop Session With Your Office Computer 


All the following steps will be completed on the machine you will work on from your home/off campus.  

NOTE: Your office computer must be set to allow remote connections through the instructions above. 


  1. On the remote computer, establish an Internet connection. 

NOTE: A VPN connection is not necessary if you are on a UW network.  (See Related Articles on how to do this) Establish a UW VPN


  1. On the remote computer, click the Start menu button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and click Remote Desktop Connection.



  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, in the Computer box, enter the full name of your office computer. You may need to include the, as below.  Click Connect.



  1. In the Logon to Windows window, enter your UW domain username and password, verify that UW is listed in the Log on to box, and click OK.  You may need to put your username in the UWYO\username format.

NOTE: If you use an account other than your UW domain username and password to log on to your computer when at work, log in with that information here as well.


  1. Once logged in, you can begin using your work computer just as if you were in front of it in your office.

NOTE: To return to your remote computer at any time while still maintaining the connection to your office computer, click the Minimize icon at the top of the screen. To return to your work computer, click Computer Name- Remote Desktop in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.


NOTE: If you are still having issues connecting remotely verify that in Control Panel - under network and sharing center - you have your network identified as a "Private" or "Domain" and that you have enabled "turn on network discovery" and "turn on file and printer sharing" on both PC's.

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