I have two computers that came with Windows 8.1. I recently upgraded them to Windows 10. I've been trying to configure the machines for remote access but am having limited/no luck.
The RDP connection fails when specifying either the hostname or the IP of the target machine.
I have tried the following to attempt to solve the issue:
- Checked that the target PC has Remote Desktop enabled. The
Allow this computer to be controlled remotelycheckbox under
Advancedis indeed checked.
- Disabled Windows Firewall in case this is causing connection issues.
- Use a wired, rather than wireless, connection.
- Verified that both machines could ping each other successfully (they could).
- Verified that Remote Desktop is attempting to listen on port 3389 by checking the registry value at
Computer\HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-TCP\PortNumber(this value is indeed correct). As it turns out, Remote Desktop is actually NOT listening on this port (or apparently any port). I was able to find this information by running
netstat -a | findstr 3389.
- Toggling the Remote Desktop checkbox (see above) and then restarting, per a suggestion I found using Google. I tried this in various ways, including:
- Disabling Remote Desktop and then restarting. Then enabling Remote Desktop and then restarting.
Disabling Remote Desktop, then enabling it, then restarting.
None of these cause Remote Desktop to start listening on this port.
Putting the two computers in a homegroup together, per another suggestion. After doing this, the two computers share files and other resources.
How can I fix this issue with Remote Desktop and allow the target machine to be connected to remotely?
As you can see, I've tried a lot of things to solve this issue. Hopefully I've missed something that somebody can spot!