To get started, choose from the options above.

Windows 8

Enable Remote Desktop Access

  • Press Ctrl + F to open the Search menu, and look up remote.
  • Click Settings and then Allow remote access to your computer.
    • Allow Remote Assistance connections… should be Unchecked
    • Click the radio button next to Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop
  • Click Apply and OK.

Set Power Options

Keep your computer from sleeping or hiberinating so that it is available to be used remotely.

  • Right click Start, then Control Panel.
  • Alternatively, click the Windows logo and open the Search menu located at the top right of the screen and search for Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel, change View by: to Large Icons and find Power Options.
  • Click on Change when the computer sleeps, then click on Change advanced power settings.
  • In the Power Options panel, expand the following sections:
    • Hard Disk

      Change the Turn off hard disk after setting to Never.

    • Sleep

      Change the Sleep after setting to Never.

      Change the Hibernate after setting to Never.

  • Click Apply and OK

Windows 7

Enable Remote Desktop Access

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel, change View by: to Large Icons and find the System icon.
  • In the System window, click on the Remote Settings link.
    • Allow Remote Assistance connections… should be Unchecked
    • Click the radio button next to Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop
  • Click Apply and OK.
  • Follow the instructions here to keep your computer from sleeping or hibernating so that it will be available to log into with Remote Desktop.

Set Power Options

Keep your computer from sleeping or hiberinating so that it is available to be used remotely.

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel, change View by: to Large Icons and find Power Options.
  • Click on Change when the computer sleeps, then click on Change advanced power settings.
  • In the Power Options panel, expand the following sections:
    • Hard Disk

      Change the Turn off hard disk after setting to Never.

    • Sleep

      Change the Sleep after setting to Never.

      Change the Hibernate after setting to Never.

  • Click Apply and OK

Connect Remotely (Windows to Windows)

  • Connect to the VPN. Instructions can be found here.
  • Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, then click on Remote Desktop.

    Note: Remote Desktop may be under the folder Communications.
  • In the Remote Desktop Connection panel, enter the full name of the computer.

    Example: UTDTagNumber.campus.ad.utdallas.edu

  • Click Connect, then enter your NetID and Password when prompted.

Connect Remotely (OSX to Windows)

  • Connect to the VPN. Instructions can be found here.
  • Run Microsoft Remote Desktop application. (Available for free in the App Store.)
  • Click New.
  • Fill in the connection details as follows:
    • Connection Name: (Optional) “Name of Remote Computer”
    • PC name: The full name of the computer (Example: UTDTagNumber.campus.ad.utdallas.edu)
    • Gateway: Leave blank
    • Credentials: You may fill out your NetID credentials here. If no credentials are provided, you will be prompted for them every time you initiate the connection.
    • All other options can be left as default.