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Remote Desktop is a feature of Windows that allows you to remotely access another computer through the Internet.

Note: For UI departmentally managed computers, contact your local IT support provider to discuss remote desktop access.

What are the Requirements for Remote Desktop?

To use Remote Desktop you will need the following:

  • A host computer that:
  • A client computer that:

Microsoft Remote Desktop comes pre-installed on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and is a free download for Mac OS X.

 

How Does Remote Desktop Work?

First you need to configure your Windows computer for Remote Desktop access. When you configure Remote Desktop on your system, this computer acts as a "host" computer. You can then go to a "client" computer and access your desktop. For our purposes here, we'll assume you are at home (on the "client" computer) and wish to use your computer at work (the "host" computer), on the University of Iowa network.

Note: The host computer must be turned on and connected to the network or Internet in order to connect to it using Remote Desktop. If your computer is on the UI network, you can use the PowerUp service through DIY to save energy and turn off your computer, then turn your computer on remotely.

Once you have configured your computer (the host) for Remote Desktop, you can connect to it from another computer on the Internet by using the Remote Desktop Client, which is pre installed on any Windows 7 or later version of a Windows machine. The Remote Desktop Client can be downloaded and installed on Mac OS X computers. You will also need the hostname or IP address for your host computer to connect from a client computer.

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