How to Set Up Remote Desktop Services in Windows 10

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows 10 provides users with the capability to connect to a remote PC and access resources as if sitting directly in front of the machine. Leveraging RDS can be crucial for businesses, IT professionals, or individuals who need to access their computers remotely.

Understanding Key Concepts

  • RDS: A feature in Windows that allows users to remotely access another computer via a network connection.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP): The protocol used by RDS to establish a secure connection between the client and host machine.
  • Client: The device is used to connect to the remote system.
  • Host: The device is being accessed remotely.

Why Use Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services provide several benefits:

  • Access to desktop applications and files from any location.
  • Support and troubleshooting become more manageable for IT teams.
  • Enhanced productivity for teams working remotely.

Setting Up Remote Desktop Services in Windows 10

On the Host Machine

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System and then Remote Desktop.
  3. Toggle the switch to Enable Remote Desktop.
  4. Note down the name of the PC under How to connect to this PC. This will be required when connecting from the client device.

On the Client Machine

  1. Search for and open the Remote Desktop Connection application.
  2. Enter the name of the host machine in the Computer field.
  3. Click Connect.
  4. When prompted, enter the username and password for the host machine.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If unable to connect, ensure both the host and client have a stable internet connection.
  • Check if the host machine allows remote connections in its settings.
  • Update the Remote Desktop application to the latest version.


Remote Desktop Services in Windows 10 provide a seamless way for users to access their resources from anywhere. Proper setup and understanding of its features will ensure a smooth and secure remote connection experience.