Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Remote Desktop to Windows from Ubuntu – Part 19

Configure Windows PC

Note: Windows 10 Home edition does not let you connect over RDP. The Windows machine must be running Pro or Enterprise.

The Windows machine needs to be ready to accept remote access. To enable remote desktop sharing, start Control Panel, select System and Security, select System, and then select Remote settings.

Check the box “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer“.

Linux for Starters - Remote Desktop - Windows

We also need to enable remote desktop connections through the Windows firewall.

Start Control Panel, select System and Security and then Windows Defender Firewall. Select “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall“.

Scroll down until you find Remote Desktop. Check the box(es) in the Private and/or Public columns depending on how you are accessing the desktop. Click OK.

Linux for Starters - Remote Desktop - Windows Firewall


Page 3 – Create Connection in Remmina

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Remmina
Page 2 – Configure Windows PC
Page 3 – Create Connection in Remmina


All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.
Part 19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
Part 20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
Part 21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
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    1. One solution is to disable PIN login, log into the Windows machine using a regular username and password. Then re-enable PIN. Remote connection should still keep working with the previous credentials.

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