Computer tip: Accessing a computer via remote desktop

This is probably more useful if you are on a network domain rather than a small peer to peer network or even trying to access your computer remotely from the Internet. If you want the latter, you may want to try something like TeamViewer.

So. You are on a domain and you can’t connect to a remote computer. With the assumption that you can access the rfemote computer’s registry, here’s a way to enable it. Connect remotely to the computers registry.

Edit the following registry key to enableRemote Desktop:

  1. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  2. Change “fDenyTSConnection” from “1” to “0”

To enable port publishing:

  1. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules
  2. Change “RemoteDesktop-In-TCP” from v2.10|Action=Allow|Active=FALSE|Dir=In|Protocol=6|LPort=3389|App=System|Name=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28753|Desc=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28756|EmbedCtxt=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28752| to v2.10|Action=Allow|Active=TRUE|Dir=In|Protocol=6|LPort=3389|App=System|Name=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28753|Desc=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28756|EmbedCtxt=@FirewallAPI.dll,-28752|

[I have bolded the one spot to change.]

Note that the above can be done as long as your company’s policies allow it. With a small bit of work, you can also set up a group policy object to do it for all computers that need it. A reboot is required before the settings can take affect.

As usual, when editing the registry, back it up first. Still, use this information at your own risk.


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