Windows 8 App Feature: Remote Desktop

Windows 8 has a Remote Desktop app you can use in the modern interface. A feature that’s been available since XP Professional an higher gets a new look.

Here’s how to set up and use the Windows 8 Metro Remote Desktop app. A feature that’s been available for years since  XP Professional gets a new look in with its Windows 8 style app. It lets you connect to other computers on your network to easily see what’s going on so you can fix problems.

Make sure Remote Desktop is turned on before using it to connect between machines.

First, click the Remote Desktop Tile on the Metro Start screen.

Launch from Metro

Then Remote Desktop starts up. You can type in the IP address of the machine you want to connect to in the field at the bottom of the screen and click Connect.
Metro Connect IP

There are also a couple of other options. You can work with apps and desktops that have RDP enabled. Or, you can connect to PCs on a corporate network via a VPN.

RDP Options

Before you connect, enter in your username and password. if you connect to the machine on a regular basis, check Remember My Credentials and click OK.

Enter Credentials

The first time you connect to a machine on your local network, you’ll get a warning message about verifying the Identity of the Remote PC. Check to not ask again, then Connect Anyway.

Warning Message

Now you’re connected to the remote computer. Here I ‘m connecting to a Windows 7 computer with a Windows 8 VM running.

connected RDP Settings

Each machine you connect to will be stored as a tile you can pull up and connect to different machines if you need to. Or click the Add icon to connect to a different computer on the network.

Close RDP Session

Being able to connect to different machines remotely is a great feature for Administrators to work on other Windows computers. The cool thing is it’s still available in Windows 8.



  1. Sandeep Yadav

    June 30, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Please check you link for ”
    Remote Desktop is turned on” because it is redirecting me on 404 page. I think you put wrong link. Please update it.

    • Brian

      June 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

      The link has been fixed, thanks for pointing that out Sandeep.

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