Remote Desktop To A Windows Server

Learn how to connect to your Windows Server using Remote Desktop.

You will need to Find Your Server Information Details before logging on to your server via Remote Desktop.

Step 1

If your home or work computer (where ever you may be) is a Windows Operating System, the Remote Desktop application will already be installed.

Windows XP:

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection or
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communications > Remote Desktop Connection Launch Remote Desktop Connection from the Start menu

Launch Remote Desktop Connection from the Start menu

If you can not find the Remote Desktop Connection icon, keep looking in the Accessories sub-menus. The icon may be in a non-standard location.


Windows Vista/Windows 7:
Click the Start Menu Button and in the Search Box, type Remote Desktop and the icon should appear. Click the icon to launch.
Launch Remote Desktop Connection from the Start Menu

Launch Remote Desktop Connection from the Start Menu
Step 2
In the Remote Desktop window, type your IP address of your server or a domain that points to the server and click the Connect button.
Enter the server's IP address and click Connect

Enter the server’s IP address and click Connect
Step 3
If you are prompted by a Security Warning, click the Connect button.
Click the Connect button

Click the Connect button
Step 4
If using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may have to select Use another account.
Select Use another account

Select Use another account
Step 5
By default, you will use the User Name and Password listed in the 1&1 Control Panel in the Server Access Data section. Enter the username and password and then click the OK button to connect.
Enter your credentials to log in

Enter your credentials to log in