To get started, choose from the options above.

Set up your office computer for remote desktop

Enable Remote Desktop for your office computer

Select your office computer’s operating system from the list below as the setup may differ.

Windows 10
1. Enable remote desktop:
  • Search for System in the lower left corner.
  • Click the System icon under Settings.
  • In the System window, click on the Remote Settings link.
    • Allow Remote Assistance connections… should be Unchecked
    • Click the radio button next to Allow remote connections to this computer
  • Click Apply and OK.
  • Follow the instructions below, Set Power Options, to keep your computer from sleeping or hibernating so that it will be available to log into with Remote Desktop.

2. Set your power options

Keep your computer from sleeping or hiberinating so that it is available to be used remotely. You should also keep your computer turned on.

  • Search for Power Options in the lower left corner.
  • Click 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 8
1. Enable remote desktop:
  • 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.

2. Set your power options

Keep your computer from sleeping or hiberinating so that it is available to be used remotely. You should also keep your computer turned on.

  • 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
1. Enable remote desktop:
  • 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 below, Set Power Options, to keep your computer from sleeping or hibernating so that it will be available to log into with Remote Desktop.

2. Set your power options

Keep your computer from sleeping or hiberinating so that it is available to be used remotely. You should also keep your computer turned on.

  • 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 to your office computer

Off Campus

If you are off campus, you will need to connect to the VPN before connecting remotely to your computer.

  • Sign up for NetIDplus, if you have not already.
  • Connect to the VPN.
Connect from a Windows computer
  • 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 username as campus\NetID and then your Password when prompted.
Connect from a MacOS computer
  • 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.

On Campus

If you are on campus and have a wired connection or connected to CometNet, you will not need to connect to the VPN.

Connect from a Windows computer
  • 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 username as campus\NetID and then your Password when prompted.
Connect from a MacOS computer
  • 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.