The term Remote Desktop refers to the ability of a computer to connect remotely to another and control its desktop, just as if the user were in front of the remote machine. Remote Desktop is commonly accessed through port 3389 and utilizes software included with Windows or another third-party program, such a TeamViewer, PC Anywhere, VNC, and others.
Note: The Remote Desktop included with Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium cannot act as a host. It may still be used to remotely access another computer, but those machines cannot connect to the local computer. Hosting from one of these versions of Windows requires a third party program, like the programs mentioned above.
How do I open a Remote Desktop connection?
To open Remote Desktop, click the Start button, type remote desktop, and click on Remote Desktop connection. In the remote connection window (shown below), type the computer address you want to remotely connect to and the user name you want to use. For advanced options like those shown below, click Show Options at the bottom of the window.
Note: To remotely connect to a work or school computer, your network administrator must have setup Remote Desktop connection and you need the correct computer address and user name.