The first step is to get into the System Properties screen. This can be accomplished a few ways.
- You can click the start button and then right click on My Computer and then click properties.
- You can click the start button and then click Settings, then click Control Panel, then double click on System.
- You can simply hold down the Windows key on the keyboard and then hit the pause/break key.
Regardless of how you accomplish it, you will end up at a dialog box that looks like this:
Once you are at this screen, you will click on the Remote tab. That will bring you to a dialog that looks like this:
All you need to do is check the check box that says “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.” After you click apply you will need to make sure that you have port 3389 forwarded to your computer. Explaining how to forward the ports on your router is a little beyond the scope of this article, due to the wide array of home routers out there and all the different steps they have for forwarding ports. Google is your friend if you don’t know how to do this.
The final step is to find out what your external IP address is. You can find this out by visiting this site. You will need to know this number every time you want to remote into your computer.
Now that we have everything configured, it is time to test it out. You will need to use a different computer to try and connect to yours. On the other computer, you will launch the Remote Desktop Connection program. You can get to it a couple of ways:
- Click the start button, then click run, then type mstsc.exe and click ok
- Click the start button, then click All Programs, then click Accessories, then click Remote Desktop Connection
It will bring up a box that looks like this:
You will input the IP address that you got from the website. After that you should be in business. You will be able to log in to your machine using your username and password.