Step-by-Step: Using Remote Desktop (Standard) Client
December  21, 2003

This guide assumes that you have already read and understand what Remote Desktop is all about.  If you haven't looked at it yet, please read: Remote Desktop Overview

You must also have already performed this step: Installing Remote Desktop (Standard) Host

Once you install the Remote Desktop Client, we can use it. 

Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Communications --> Remote Desktop Connection


Click on "Options>>"



  • Type in the domain name or IP address of your computer running Remote Desktop Host.
  • Type in the name of a user on the Remote Desktop Host computer.  Note that this user must have a password.  If you usually log into the host computer without a password, you must create a password for that account to use it with Remote Desktop.  They do this for security reasons.
  • Guess what you put here? (Your password)
  • You can leave this blank
You can then choose to "Save your password" or not.  Generally, I don't having my password saved, but if this client machine is secured by a password itself and won't be accessed by other people, go ahead and save it.


Click on the "Display" tab.  Here you can choose the Remote Desktop window size and color depth.  I usually like to go Full Screen with 16 bit, but this really depends on your connection speed and what is acceptable to you.  Play with this setting as you like.


Click on the "Local Resources" tab.  Here you can customize your connection ever further.  For example, by default, the sound on the remote computer (host) transferred to the client machine.  This means that when you connect to the remote computer and play MP3's for example, you'll hear the music because it will be streamed over to the client computer.

Another thing that is pretty neat is that you can control whether local disk drives, printers, and serial ports are mapped to the remote computer (host).  When you check the box "Disk drives" and try to connect, you'll see this message which warns that mapping your drives to a remote computer may be dangerous.


When you do connect with mapped disk drives, your local (client) drives appear as disk drives on the remote computer (host).  They show up as "Others".  Here is what it looks like in "My Computer" with the local drives mapped to the host.


Click on the "Programs" tab.  Here you can automatically start a program every time you connect to a Remote Desktop.  You can leave this blank.


Click on the "Experience" tab.  Here you optimize the connection speed between the Remote Desktop Host and Client.  The drop down box is the same as the check boxes, since they modify each other.  I would suggest that you only leave "Bitmap caching" checked since this will give you the best performance.


Now, to connect, just click on the "Connect" button.  This will take you right into the Remote Desktop.  However, let's save this profile first so don't have to enter all these settings each time we use this program.  Click "Save As". 


Use a descriptive name for the connection and save it to your desktop.  Now you'll have an icon your desktop with the name you entered.  "Monkey Fun" in this example.


Now to connect to the Remote Desktop Host, just double click on the saved icon on your desktop.  Now that's really handy.

By default, there will be a toolbar at the top of the screen which you can use to minimize, maximize, or close the Remote Desktop Window.  I like working the Remote Desktop in full screen mode, but you can also run it as simply another window on your local computer.

You can sever the connection at anytime and whatever you were working on in the remote computer will continue.  You are simply disconnected.

Disconnect by:
- Clicking the "X" on the toolbar of the Remote Desktop
- Select "Disconnect" from the Start menu of the Remote Desktop
- Or close the window in which the Remote Desktop is running in.

When you disconnect, you may see this message:


This next guide shows you how to restart and reboot the Host computer over Remote Desktop:
Reboot or Shutdown Host Computer Using Remote Desktop

Also there is an additional guide here that may be of interested to you:
Remote Desktop - Changing the Port Number (for security and multiple hosts)

Installing Remote Desktop (Standard) Host

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