Setting up Remote Desktop 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 is intended to assist you in using Remote Desktop within the UW network environment. 


  1. Preparing Your Office Computer for a Remote Desktop Connection 

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

1. In Windows 7, click the Start menu button, right-click Computer, and click Properties. In Windows 10, in the search bar type "Allow remote access to your computer".



2. Click the Advanced System Settings link. (Note: You may need an administrative username/password)

3. Select the Remote tab, and in the Remote Desktop section, select the Allow connections from computers running any version of remote desktop (less secure) bubble.


4.You will have to add users so go ahead and click Select Users 


5. Put in your username.


6. Choose your username from the list and select OK


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



Click OK.


  1. Establishing a Remote Desktop Session With Your Office Computer 

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

    1. On the remote computer, establish an Internet connection. 
    2. Establish a UW VPN connection. (See Related Articles on how to do this)

      NOTE: A VPN connection is not necessary if you are on a UW network.

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


    4. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, in the Computer box, enter the full name of your office computer, including the, and 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.

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.


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