Very often there is a need to gain access to the resources of a home computer, while for the other PC, for example, from your PC or just being away from home. The reasons for this may be different, and we will not go into details. Instead, let's move on to the topic of this article - to connect to the remote desktop of Windows 8, how to do it and what it needs.

Immediately it is worth noting that connect to the remote desktop is possible only with the same versions of operating systems. For example, you can not create a connection between Linux and Windows. This can be done only with the help of third-party programs, but we'll discuss this later.

Also read our article How to connect to a remote desktop Windows 10.

Configuring Remote Desktop

First and foremost it is worth noting that the device you are connecting to create such a link, should be included. Moreover, sleep mode automatically breaks the connection. So first make sure that your PC will not go out of your account. Also, before you attempt to make a connection to be set up access.

Another important point. To connect the need to enter the account password, so it should be. How to put your account password in Windows 8 here. Otherwise, the system simply forbid the connection as "Password" field can not be empty. In turn, it provides reliable protection against intruders.

To set up remote access to Windows 8, you must open the properties of the system. To do this, we find the label "This computer" and click on it right mouse button. click "Properties" in the pop-up window. Next, open a menu where you should select the "Remote Settings". Here we are interested in the tab "Remote access" in which we can allow or deny the connection.

Configuring the Windows 8 Remote Access
Configuring the Windows 8 Remote Access

Allow remote connections to a computer Windows 8
Allow remote connections to a computer Windows 8

So, we are left to select one of the connection options. Select the item "Allow remote connections to this computer." Slightly below uncheck the item "authentication at the network level." Do not worry about safety, as for the connection we have to enter the password for the account, which eliminates the possibility of connecting from untrusted parties. "OK" push. This completes the setting.

It should also be noted that the remote access to Windows 8 will be available only for members of one group. That is, all computers must be connected to the same network and have the same workgroup name.

Connecting to a remote desktop of Windows 8: Video

Connecting to a remote computer

Now we need to start the service, which connects to the computer. Open service is possible by pressing the key combination Win + R. In the window that appears, enter a mstsc and click «Enter».

Starting the service connection to a remote computer Windows 8
Starting the service connection to a remote computer Windows 8

In the window that appears, you just want to enter the IP-address of the PC to which you want to access, and click "Connect". Start window. Here you must enter the device name and key account with which you want to connect. Further, the window may appear, informing you that it was not possible to verify the certificate of the remote computer. Click "Yes". After that, if all the data is entered correctly, you will be taken to the desktop of a remote computer.

Connecting to a remote desktop of Windows 8
Connecting to a remote desktop of Windows 8

Password Windows 8 remote computer
Password Windows 8 remote computer

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Connecting to a PC using third-party programs

Remote access to Windows 8 PC can be and with the help of third-party programs. Moreover, these programs allow you to connect over the WAN. In other words, if the home computer is connected to the Internet, it can be controlled using a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Moreover, the application allows you to connect devices with different operating systems.

Everything is done very simply. First we need to find and install the appropriate program. Such applications are many enough, but the most widespread uses Teamviewer. This is a free program and find it is not difficult.

It is worth noting that you need to install it on both devices, which you want to link. Run the program. It is divided into two windows - the left written your ID and password, and the right to select Remote control. Now, in line Partner (Partner) ID is entered the PC to which want to connect to. Push connecttopartner. A window will appear in which you must enter your password. The key is also necessary to look at the device to which you are connecting. It can be found in the same place and the ID - on the right side menu. Push «Logon». This will take you to the remote desktop of Windows 8 on another computer.


It should be noted that using the program, you can turn off the PC or to withdraw from the account, but get back to no longer work. All due to the fact that when you exit the program account stops working, and to again make the connection, it should be run.

Desktop in Windows 8: Video


Programs for remote administration have always been popular. It's very convenient - to see what is on the computer being in another place. Remotely familiar can help solve some technical problems, check out what the child when he is alone in the house, to see how loading in torrent client or a large video encoding.

Since home LANs, along with computers and laptops, smartphones and tablets have appeared, it became apparent that the past is incredibly convenient to use for remote management. If the data rate is high enough, then why not play a game on a computer, lying on the couch with a tablet? Or, say, watching a movie? In addition, the current mobile devices can perfectly cope with the usual tasks that are assigned to the program for remote access.

On Google Play, you can find more than a dozen applications, with which we can organize remote management of computers running on a Windows-based, Mac and Linux. Among them are the development of well-known manufacturers of software for the administration, and programs designed specifically for mobile devices. Free solutions of them not so much. In this review, we tested four applications, with which you can work remotely on a computer of Android-smartphone or tablet.

  • Developer - Microsoft Corporation
  • Size - 4.4 MB
  • Price - Free

Branded utility from Microsoft to remotely control the computer with Android was released recently - in late October. Using the application can be controlled by a computer that runs on Windows 7 or Windows 8. Since we are dealing with a "native" resolution from the developer desktop operating system, any client need not install it.

But in order to be able to connect, still need to make some changes to the system settings: go to "Control Panel" in the "System" section and select the "Remote Settings". After that you need to allow remote connections to the computer (by the way, if the firewall built disabled, Windows does not enable remote access enable, so it will start the appropriate service to begin with).

To authorize the Microsoft Remote Desktop Android-application uses the system user name and password. If you are going to enter a login administrator, no additional action on your computer does not need to perform. To allow access to other users, you need to press the "Select Users" and add them to the list of remote desktop users. It is also worth bearing in mind that, if a login password is not used, it must be added to the section "User Accounts", since without the password the remote connection will not work. ( Keep in mind that a remote connection using the Microsoft Remote Desktop is possible only with computers that support Remote Desktop Protocol -. RDP systems list, who are friends with this protocol, available here -. Ed. . )

After completion of this simple setup, you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop app from Google Play, and add a new connection.

Its settings include the computer's IP-address on the local network, or its name. Also, if you wish, you can specify a username and password (for security reasons, you can not specify them once, and enter directly in front of the connection).

If the connection was successful, the local use of the computer will be locked and it will come out the login window. If you log on locally, the remote connection will be disconnected. Thus, when a remote connection can only see the desktop of the mobile device screen.

Once connected, the remote desktop is displayed on the device screen. two controls available in the upper part of the screen: key to display the virtual keyboard and Android for navigation on the screen.

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If you want to use keys that are not available on Android-keyboard, touch on the panel with the name of the connection can cause the advanced settings panel. Since it moves to the virtual keyboard with the keys F1-F12, Esc, Home, Tab, End, Win, Ins, Enter and the other - the standard for conventional desktop manipulator. When connecting remotely to the device with Windows 8, pressing Win virtual keys will switch between the desktop and the start screen.

With the advanced settings panel you can also disable multi-touch gestures, and go to the navigation mode using conventional cursor.

To complete the session, the remote connection simply double touch "Back" buttons on Android-device.

  • Developer - Teamviewer
  • Size - 11 MB
  • Price - free for non-commercial use

Due to the free status (for non-commercial use), and ease of Teamviewer already for a long time it is one of the most popular solutions for remote administration. With the advent of mobile devices and applications have been created to manage computers with Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

In order to control the computer from a mobile device client installation is required for the PC and the application for Android. TeamViewer can be connected to computers with Windows, Mac and Linux.

If the computer is not planned to carry out connection to other devices, it's best to use TeamViewer QuickSupport. This module does not require installation and admin rights. After its launch generated a unique computer ID (9 digits), as well as the four-digit password. Password, if necessary, you can update.

Once the module is launched, you can open the mobile app. Mobile Teamviewer can operate in two modes: remote control and file transfer. In this and in another case, on your smartphone or tablet screen, you need to enter the ID and password to connect to the computer.

If it has been requested by a remote connection after a successful connection on the device's screen appears on your desktop. On the computer screen will he also be seen, however, the resolution will be changed according to the settings of the mobile device screen.

To ensure convenient work with Remote Desktop TeamViewer creators have developed a system of controls. Tips on using your fingers to navigate displayed before connecting, they can also be displayed at any point during the remote session. So, with your fingers you can perform scrolling, simulate clicking the left and right mouse buttons, move the cursor, and individual objects.

TeamViewer control panel is located at the bottom of the screen. With its help, you can quickly log off, send the remote computer to restart or to block it. In addition, at the time of your Remote Desktop session, you can prevent a local job with the computer. If the remote desktop display there are problems, you can try to reduce the resolution, the quality of the data, as well as hide the display of the wallpaper in the mobile client settings. These parameters can be selected for a single connection, and globally.

The control panel also allows you to quickly display the virtual keyboard. In addition to Android-keyboard, you can also work with additional keys: include Ctrl, Alt, Shift, use the keys F1-F12 and others.

In file transfer mode you can see the remote computer's file system and copy files from the PC to the mobile device, or vice versa.

The mobile client TeamViewer remembers identifiers of computers you want to connect, but if the remote PC much more convenient for them to use a control section "Computers & Contacts". For this need to create a Teamviewer account (you can do it as a mobile device or from your computer). Further, it is possible to create groups and add identifiers (but if you want - and passwords) of the computers to which you want to connect.

  • Developer - Splashtop
  • Size - 18 MB
  • Price - free (feature enhancements - $ 1.99 per month)

Splashtop Remote - another free application with which to Android-device can be controlled by a computer with Windows, Mac and Linux. It uses slightly different model of distribution than in Teamviewer. The program is free for non-commercial use, but to trigger some additional features offered to buy the expansion. Among paid options: Access to a remote computer over the Internet (free of charge only on a local network can be controlled) and the means to easily create annotations on the screen. Also, the free version has a limit on the number of computers that can be connected - up to five.

To use the application requires Splashtop Account. Create it can be like in a mobile application, and the Splashtop Streamer client for the desktop. To carry out the connection, you guessed it, you need to enter on both devices to your account. After that, the mobile client detects computers available for connection, and you can open a remote control session.


The mobile client settings, you can even turn on automatic connection at startup. In this case, the list will not be displayed and the application of available computers to connect to the device for which the remote connection session that was last run.

By default, no additional passwords, you need not, but if you're concerned about unauthorized access to your desktop client settings you can enable password prompt for the current Windows user account. In addition, it is proposed to use a security code, that is, quite simply, a password that will be required to enter each time to connect.

Some security settings that are available in other solutions in mobile applications, Splashtop is proposed to set up in the desktop client. For example, you can disable the display of the desktop on your local computer screen during a remote session. You can also block the use of the keyboard and mouse, initiate the withdrawal from your account at the end of the remote operation.

One of the features of Splashtop - transfer to your mobile device HD-video with sound. This makes it possible, for example, look at the film tablet that runs on the computer, or remotely play a computer game. Optionally the user during the remote session Splashtop can transmit the sound only in the mobile device (locally it will not be heard), transmit sound (audible will locally) or broadcast it here and there.

When you dial up the screen resolution on your computer is unchanged, and - unless otherwise specified in the settings of the client - you can continue to work on the local PC. To control your computer's desktop with Android provides a number sign (for beginners are offered tips on their use), as well as a touch panel.

Cursor parameters can be controlled by changing the sensitivity and speed of movement. On a mobile device can view a desktop computer in full resolution or scale the size of its small screen.

PocketCloud Remote RDP / VNC

  • Developer - Wyse Technology Inc.
  • Size - 11 MB
  • Price - free (with some restrictions)

Another free solution, with which you can remotely access the computer desktop - it PocketCloud. However, for Linux users, it will not work - desktop version only supports computers with Mac or Windows. The mobile client is free to use with only one computer. To remove this restriction, as well as to obtain some additional features need to purchase PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro.

One of the strengths of the application - the ability to choose the connection type. The default is the easiest way, which does not require the user to no technical knowledge - through the Google App Engine. In this case it is necessary to enter your Google account in the client program for desktop and mobile application. The computer appears in the list of available devices on the mobile screen - and you can start a terminal session to it.

For advanced users PocketCloud offers two more variants of the remote connection - via the RDP protocol that is used in Windows, and also through the popular VNC system. In this and in another case it is necessary to enter the computer IP-address to which you want to connect.

After connecting to a mobile device near the cursor display a special navigation item appears - the wheel with different functions. They are convenient to use if you want to perform a right-click, zoom in a certain area of ​​the screen to perform scrolling or display the virtual keyboard.

The mobile client configuration provides a number of options for improving the image transmission quality. For example, you can turn off menu animations, themes, wallpapers, high quality fonts.

Almost all application developers to remotely control the computer for free present their program for non-commercial use. And we must admit that for the usual tasks of the proposed features is enough. Each of the applications than ever attractive: to work with the Microsoft Remote Desktop is not necessary to install any additional software on your computer, Splashtop Remote allows sound transmission to the mobile device, PocketCloud is interesting because it offers several connectivity options. Finally, Teamviewer looks more attractive just because it has a separate mode for transferring files, can work in a local network or via the Internet, well, does not limit the number of computers to which you can connect.

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