How to Remotely Access a Windows Computer from Another Windows Computer

With Remote Desktop Connection, you can remotely connect from one computer to a Texas State computer -- on or off-campus.

NOTE: Before you can remotely access your Windows computer, you have to set the computer to allow remote access, including making a note of your computer name and/or tag-number. Learn how to set up your Windows computer for remote access.

Follow these steps to use Remote Desktop Connection:

  1. From the Start Menu, search for and open the Remote Desktop connection app.

    Open Windows Remote App
     
  2.  In the textbox for Computer, enter your computer name.

    Enter Tag Number

    TIP: if you are using the tag number, it will include the word tag as in the following example: tag123456
     
  3. When prompted, enter your NetID password..

    Enter Credentials

    Click Remember Me if this is a computer you will be logged into frequently. Do not click Remember Me if you are on a public computer.

You are now remoted into a computer.

PRO TIP: If you are remoting into a computer with a multiple monitor set up, and have multiple monitors set up the computer you're using, click the Show Options button on the Remote Desktop Connection window.

show options

On the Display tab, click the Use all my monitors for the remote session.

use monitors

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Troubleshooting

If you do not have the computer name/tag number correct, you will get an error that states "Remote Desktop can't find the computer."

error message

If you are already connected to the computer, or another computer is connected, you will get an error that states the "computer could not connect to another console session on the remote computer"

error message