How To: Use the Remote Desktop app in Windows 8.1

The Remote Desktop is an app, which is available in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, the app is not preinstalled in the operating system. Therefore, you will have to download it from the Windows Store. The Remote Desktop allows you to connect to any Windows devices from almost anywhere. Furthermore, you can view every remote connection in your home screen, access and manage the work resources that are published from the RemoteApp and the Remote Connections. In addition, you will able to connect with multiple remote desktops at the same time. Read this guide, in order to find out how to use properly this useful app.

Install the Remote Desktop app in Windows 8.1

As i mentioned above, the Remote Desktop app is not available by default in your Windows. As a result, you will need to install it.

  • To install Remote Desktop, you should first logon with your Microsoft account and open the Windows Store.
  • After this, type remote desktop in the Search box of the Windows Store.
  • Then click or tap on the appropriate search result from the list.


  • In the page of the Remote Desktop app click or tap the Install button.



Launch the Remote Desktop app in Windows 8.1

Once you have installed the Remote Desktop in your device, you can easily access it. In case the app does not have a tile, you can search for it on the Start screen.

  • Type the word remote in the Search box and then select the Remote Desktop result from the list that appeared.


You can also start the Remote Desktop from the Apps View.

  • Go to the Start screen and move the cursor of your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, right beneath the last tile on the first column. If you are using a touch-enabled device slide upwards.
  • Next, click the Down arrow and the list of applications will display.
  • In the Apps View you will find the shortcut of the Remote Desktop in the Productivity category. Click or tap on it to launch the app.


In case this is the first time you start the app, you will see a window, similar to the following screenshot. You will notice that the ap will inform you about its features.


Connect with a PC or Device with the Remote Desktop  app in Windows 8.1

First of all, you should know that you can use the Remote Desktop app, in order to start a remote connection to devices with any edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. However, you can establish a remote connection only with devices that are using: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Business, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 Pro.

 You will not be able to remotely connect with devices, which run Mac OS X or Linux systems.

NOTE: To connect to a Windows device with the help of the Remote Desktop  app, you should first set your PC to allow remote connections.

  • If you want to remotely connect to device, open the app and type the full name of that device or its IP address in the PC Name field,found on the bottom of the screen. Then click or tap the Connect button, next to the field.

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  • Once you do it, the app will connect to the device and it will ask you to enter its credentials. Type the credentials of the device that you connected to in the corresponding fields and press the OK button.
  • When you do this, you will be informed whether if the connection is certified from a trusted authority or not.

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  • If you wish to continue with the remote connection, press the Connect anyway button.

Now you are connected to the desired Windows device. If it using Windows XP, Vista or 7 system you will notice its Desktop. If it is using Windows 8 or 8.1 you will be able to view its Start screen.

Configure the Settings of the Remote Desktop  app in Windows 8.1

In the Remote Desktop  you can find a few useful settings.

  • In order to access them, you should first open up the charms and then click or tap Settings.
  • There, select the Connection Settings option from the list, shown in the Settings charm.

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  • In the window of the Connection  Settings you will be able to configure many settings. For example, you can choose to activate visual effects, you can select to use your device’s printers or microphones, while you are remotely connected to another device.

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  • If you want to connect to a computer with a gateway server, enter the gateway server address in the corresponding field.

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  • In the Advanced section you can possibly choose to show thumbnails of recent desktops on the home screen, use persistent caching or adjust the speed of the touch pointer.

Open Multiple Remote Connection Simultaneously with the Remote Desktop app

The Remote Desktop app gives you the chance to remotely connect with multiple devices at the same time.

  • To do this, click or tap on the device indicator, which is on the top left corner of the screen. In case you are a touch-screen user, swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen. This action will open up the option of the application.

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  • If you wish to add another connection, click or tap the Connect to another PC button, found on the upper left side of the app’s screen. With this way you will see the available remote connections and switch between by simply tapping on them.
  • When you finish this process, you will be redirected to the home screen of the app, where you can enter the name of the device, with which you want to start a remote connection.

Use the Contextual Option of the Remote Desktop app in Windows 8.1

If you are a tablet user and you do not have a keyboard or a docking station attached in your device, you can use the on-screen keyboard, when you are remotely connected to another device.

  • Click or tap on the remote device indicator, located on the upper left corner of the screen. Alternatively, swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen and click or tap the Keyboard button.

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Now you will be able to use the keyboard to type anything you want.

If you connect to Windows 7 device, you will notice that a Home button in the options of the app. This button redirects you to the home screen of the Remote Desktop. Moreover, you will the Zoom button, which can be useful if you want to adjust the resolution of the target device. Finally, you will notice the Touch Pointer button that help you to enable the mouse pointer, while you are remotely connected.

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If you connect to a device that is running Windows 8 or 8.1, you will notice that a Start button, a Switch apps button, a Charms button and an Apps Command button are available in the options of the Remote Desktop. The Start button takes you back to the Start screen. The Switch apps button opens up the App switcher. The Apps Command button displays the contextual menu of the app and the Charms button opens up the charms.

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The Remote Desktop is a truly helpful app for many Windows users, who want to establish remote connections with other devices. Undoubtendly you can easily navigate through its interface and remotely connect with a computer or device.