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It is not convenient to stop and switch to the main computer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could access your PC while staying where you are? Well you can! Instead, simply connect to your Windows PC via a remote connection to your Raspberry Pi.

Note. If you want to remotely control your Raspberry Pi from a PC instead, you should check out our guide to SSH, VNC, and RDP with your Raspberry Pi. .)

How to connect remotely from Raspbian on Windows

Perhaps you need to check email or another application that you can only access on your PC. In any case, you need to set up a remote connection to your Raspberry Pi.

While the steps are easy to follow, the steps seem shrouded in mystery. We will clear this up for you. Here is an overview:

  1. Configure windows to accept remote connections
  2. Find the IP address of your Windows PC
  3. Install Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) software on Raspbian
  4. Install a remote desktop application on Raspbian
  5. Connect to computer via Raspberry Pi

In just five steps, you can set up a remote desktop connection from your Raspberry Pi to a PC.

Step 1: Set up Windows for remote connections

The first step is to make sure Windows can accept incoming RDP remote connections. To do this, you need to enable the Remote Assistance setting.

Open windows explorer then find this computer . Right click, then select » Properties» ; in systemic window find Remote settings .

Enable Remote Assistance in Windows 10

Here you will find the checkbox Allow remote assistance connections to this computer . Click to add check, then Apply for confirmation. Note that there is a button Additionally» which you must also click. Check box Allow remote control of this computer then click OK .

Click the button OK, to close the Properties window, and then close the System window.

Step 2: Find the Windows device’s IP address

Next, you need to find the IP address of your Windows computer. You have several options here.

Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to ask. Right-click the » Start» and select Windows PowerShell. When the blue command prompt window opens, type


Check the list for your current connection; Wi-Fi will be listed as a wireless LAN adapter and Ethernet will be listed as such.

How to remotely connect to windows pc from remote windows ip address raspberry pi muo linux

If this is too difficult, the alternative is to access the router through a web browser. You’ll need to check your router’s documentation to find out how to do this, but once connected, you can see a list of devices connected to your home network.

Find your PC’s hostname (via the system window you opened earlier to enable Remote Assistance) and you’ll find the IP address. It will usually be in the format 192.168.0.x or 192.168.1.x.

When you find the IP address, write it down for later.

Step 3Install RDP software on Raspberry Pi

It’s time to turn your attention to the Raspberry Pi. After booting up a small computer (presumably with a keyboard and mouse connected) and connecting it to the local network, open a terminal and update Raspbian:

 sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade 

Enter these commands in turn and follow any prompts displayed. When this is done, your Raspbian system will be updated. Once completed, restart the Pi with:

 sudo reboot 

When the small computer restarts, start a new terminal session. This time install xrdp with:

 sudo apt install xrdp 

Follow the instructions again until the software is installed.

Step 4: Find and Install the Remote Desktop App

There are several remote desktop tools available for Linux distributions. They can handle one or more different protocols that can be used to remotely control another computer.

However, the best option — for the Raspberry Pi, of course — is probably Remmina, which supports RDP, VNC, SPICE, NX, XDMCP, SSH, and EXEC.

To install Remmina, return to the Terminal and type:

 sudo apt install remmina 

Follow the instructions and wait for completion. You can learn more about Remmina at

Step 5: Connect to a Computer with Remmina

You are ready to start remote accessing your Windows PC via Raspberry Pi. To do this, open Remmina with a single Terminal command:


You can even launch it from the internet menu.

Open Remmina Remote Desktop Software

A new window will appear, so find a place to enter the IP address, making sure RDP is selected as the protocol.

Connect to a Windows PC with Remmina

When you’re ready, click connect and wait until the connection is established. In a few seconds, you will be able to access your Windows desktop from within Raspbian (or whatever Raspberry Pi operating system you choose may be).

Tweaks to the connection (including quality settings) can be made through the window Edit > Preferences .

Windows PC remote control with Raspberry Pi

Remote control of your Windows PC using Raspbian

Now that your Windows 10 PC is accessible through your Raspberry Pi, any number of options are available. You can check your email or access the PowerShell command line remotely. You may need to access the game settings if you are running a Raspberry Pi game server.

In principle, any task that requires your presence in two places can be completed. However, it would probably be inappropriate to try to play video games on your computer through your Raspberry Pi in this way. Frame rate will prove to be a problem. (If you want to do this, try streaming from PC to TV via Raspberry Pi.)

Meanwhile, remote connection from Windows to other Linux computers is also possible.

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