Remote Desktop Connection (Windows)

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Remote Desktop Connection is a way to run your Windows PC computer, access files, etc. through another computer in another location. Your computer needs to be plugged into the Middlebury network and be left running in order for you to connect successfully.

Note: This is only available for connecting to PCs with Microsoft Windows XP or higher.

Remote Desktop Access should be used only when your office computer is in a secure location.


  • Active Internet connection on both computers.
  • Have the right settings on the host computer. (This should already be setup on most College equipment.)
  • Have Remote Desktop Connection application on the computer you will be connecting from. (This client is available for Windows and Mac OSX.)
  • Knowing the Computer name (or IP address) of the computer you wish to connect to.


  1. Record the name of the computer, since you'll be using this to connect to it. The name is available in the System window, accessible by clicking the Start orb, right-clicking on "Computer" and selecting "Properties".
  2. If you are an administrator on the machine in question, you should already have permission to use Remote Desktop Connection. For other computers, contact the Helpdesk to verify that you have the appropriate permissions.
  3. Ensure the computer that you want to connect to is turned on and is connected to the college's wired network. If the computer is off or not connected to the network at the time when you try to connect to it, you'll just see an error message.
  4. (Off-campus users only): Establish a VPN connection.
  5. Open Microsoft's "Remote Desktop" program (Start => Programs => Accessories => Remote Desktop Connection).
  6. In the window that appears, enter the name of the computer that's on campus
  7. Login with your own credentials. (If there's anyone else logged in, you will be prompted to "log this person off" which kicks them off the computer.)

Common Problems

Internet does not work on one of the computers

You can search the wiki for more info on how to have an internet connection.

Remote Desktop Connection is not enabled


  1. Right click on My Computer and choose Properties.
  2. Choose the "Remote Tab" and enable Remote Desktop Connection.

Firewall Blocks it

  1. Go to control panel and choose Windows Firewall.
  2. Click on the "Exceptions" tag and make sure that "Remote Desktop Connection" is checked on the list.

User does not have Permissions

On the college computers, the user has permissions by default, if it is not a college computer it may not be set. To give permissions:

  1. Right click on My Computer and choose Properties.
  2. Choose the "Remote Tab" and enable Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. Click on "Select Remote Users" and then "Add" and then you can add users either from the directory or just manually.

Error: Can not connect, please contact the owner of the computer

Try to connect using the IP address, sometimes using the name does not work. And if IP address works, go back to the original computer and change its name to something new, restart and it should work.

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