In this step by step guide, you will learn how to enable Remote Desktop (RDP) functionality in Windows 10 home.
Windows 10 Home version is not packed with Remote Desktop feature as it was meant for home use which does not usual require these features. However, luckily there is a workaround to enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10 home edition. How? Let’s find out!
Why You Need Remote Desktop Connection Feature in Windows 10 Home?
Besides the various benefits that Remote Desktop or RDP offers, there are some main advantages of it such as:
- Allow users to remotely connect to other Windows 10 PCs
- Nullify the use of alternative softwares such as TeamViewer or Anydesk which are paid.
- Effectively control network computers natively from Windows 10 without compromising on performance.
The major benefit of Remote Desktop that I like is you won’t need to install any 3rd party app like TeamViewer, Chrome Remote Desktop or Anydesk to manage your network computers. I personally like to have least applications installed on your Windows 10 PC which ensures that it runs fast, and Remote Desktop really helps in that.
Related Guide: Fix “This Computer Can’t Connect to Remote Desktop” Error
If you try to access Remote Desktop connection feature in Windows 10 home, from Settings 0> Remote Desktop, then you will be presented with an error that reads “Your edition of Windows 10 doesn’t support Remote Desktop”.
One way to utilize Windows 10 Remote Desktop is by upgrading your Windows from Home to Pro Edition. However, doing this for the sake of remote desktop connection does not seem a viable option, especially when Microsoft has not completely removed it from home edition.
Yes, you read it right! You can enable remote desktop connection feature in Windows 10 home manually, without use of any software. Also, the procedure to do so is not complicated but rather anyone with basic computer knowledge can follow it.
How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10 Home?
Now that you are familiar with why Remote Desktop connection functionality was not added in Windows 10 Home, it is time to see how to enable it.
- Download RDP Wrapper Library from Github (This will be a .zip file) and place it on your desktop.
- Extract the .zip archive you have just downloaded. In its folder, search for install.bat.
- Open install.bat as Administrator.
- Now, open update.bat as Administrator. This will open Command Prompt with some commands executed automatically.
- That’s it. You have now successfully enabled Remote Desktop Windows 10 home yourself for free.
You can also change the configuration parameters of Windows 10 Home RDP. For that, open RDFConf.bar file which will open a Window from where you can make changes as per your needs.
Now that you have enabled Remote Desktop connection functionality in Windows 10 Home, it is time to learn how to invite someone for availing this functionality:
- Access “System Properties“.
- Under “Remote” tab, check the option “Allow connections from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)” option.
- You also need to ensure that your ports such as 3389, which is used by RDP server are enabled.
So that is how you can enable Remote Desktop feature in Windows 10 Home. However, I recommend you use this tweak for testing the RDP feature. If you really need to use it for professional work, I would recommend to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.