Montana State University

helpdesk@montana.edu Windows Remote Desktop Connection

Windows Remote Desktop Connection allows you to remotely connect to another computer running Windows and then be able access and use all of the programs and files on that computer. Both computers must be running Windows. Remote Desktop Connection comes installed by default with Windows versions 95 and newer.

For the sake of clarity the instructions below are written with the assumption that you are connecting to your work computer from your home computer. Your work computer is the one being enabled to accept a Remote Desktop connection. Choose instructions for the OS of your work computer (the computer being accessed).

Please Note: Since the new MSU firewall rules were put into effect on March 23, 2011 the access to Windows Remote Desktop TCP port 3389 is now blocked by default to your desktop. To gain access will need to do one of the following:

  1. Add an exception to allow remote administration to your desktop.
  2. Connect to MSU VPN before using Windows Remote Desktop Connection.

For additional assistance please contact the Help Desk helpdesk@montana.edu (994-1777).

Connect to a Windows 7 or Vista computer

Connect to a Windows 8.1 computer

When prompted for username and password enter your MSU NetID and password.