How To Enable Or Disable Remote Desktop In Windows 10


Remote Desktop is a handy feature available in all recent versions of Windows operating system, including the latest Windows 10. The Remote Desktop enables you to access and control a remote PC and vice versa.

While the built-in Remote Desktop feature in Windows 10 is not as feature rich as some of the third-party programs such as the TeamViewer, the built-in Remote Desktop does its job quite well.


Besides from a PC and Mac, you can also remotely control a PC from iOS and Android devices using the official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS.

Before using the Remote Desktop feature to let someone access your PC remotely, you need to enable Remote Desktop feature on your PC. The Remote Desktop feature is turned off by default for security reasons. We suggest you turn on the feature if and when you need to let someone access your PC remotely using the Remote Desktop.

It’s worth noting that the Remote Desktop has a limitation in the Home edition of Windows 10. While you can access a supported computer from Remote Desktop feature on your Windows 10 Home edition PC, one cannot remotely connect to your Windows 10 Home edition computer from a remote computer.

Method 1 of 2

Enable Remote Desktop via Settings

This method applies to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and above only. Make sure that you are running version 1709 or above version of Windows 10 by typing winver.exe in the Start search field and then pressing Enter key.

Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to System > Remote Desktop.

Step 2: Turn on Enable Remote Desktop option.


Step 3: Click on the Confirm button when you see the confirmation dialog to enable Remote Desktop on your PC.


Move the Enable Remote Desktop option to off position to disable Remote Desktop.

Method 2 of 2

Enable Remote Desktop via Control Panel

Step 1: In the Start or taskbar search field, type Sysdm.cpl and then press the Enter key. This will open System Properties dialog.


Step 2: Switch to the Remote tab by clicking on the same.

Step 3: In the Remote Desktop section, choose Allow remote connections to this computer radio button.


Click the OK button if you get the following dialog.


The dialog comes up if your PC is configured to go to the sleep mode or hibernation when inactive. You can change that by navigating to Settings > System > Power & Sleep, and choosing “Never”in Sleep section.


Click the Apply button.

To disable Remote Desktop, select Don’t allow remote connections to this computer option and then click Apply button.