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Remote Desktop Connection - How to find my IP?

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    Scotsman living in the USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)

    Remote Desktop Connection - How to find my IP?


    I have tried to find older topics and tutorials on this without success. This is new to me so hopefully there's something very simple to address the issue.

    I have 3 computers. 1 x Win 8 Pro and 2 x Win 8 Standard.

    I know only the Win 8 Pro machine can be a Remote Desktop host.
    In System Properties I have checked the box to "allow Remote Assistance to this computer" (I don't know detail, but I am aware this is something different to Remote Desktop).

    Also in System Properties, I have selected to "Allow remote connections to this computer". I have also tried to check the sub-section of that "Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)".

    All computers are set up at home, connected to a regular home router.

    When I try to connect to the host machine I get an error (sorry I don't have details of that right now, but its some generic "no connection" error).

    To get the host machine IP address I just used whatever google suggested..something like myipaddress.com.

    Would that have given me the correct IP address?

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    Just typing ipconfig/all into an elevated command prompt will give you the Ip of that machine.

    It will show up where it says IPv4 address.

    Please read this> Network Posting Tips
    Last edited by chev65; 11 Dec 2013 at 14:36.
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    Scotsman living in the USA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    Hmm.. what I did try was typing "ipconfig" into the Start>Run box and it just flashed the black box (not sure the techy name for this? DOS screen?) very quickly.

    What specifically do you mean by "elevated command prompt"?
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    Are you trying to connect from within your network or from an outside system? If you are trying to connect from another location you will have to find your public IP address What Is My IP | Shows Your IP Address. and port forward your router to the machine. Free Help Forwarding Ports - PortForward.com
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    Scotsman living in the USA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    I was trying to connect from within my network...or, um, inside my house. I say that because I'm not sure I have a network as such? Sorry, I'm a noob with this. I have my standard home router, and a wireless printer connected to it, and have also set up whatever it was to transfer files between my 2 laptops. There's a chance I haven't done something with the newest PC, the Windows 8.1 Pro one I want to use for the Remote Desktop Connection host - do I need to do something to add that to my 'network'? Give it a network name? Then open a remote desktop connection using that name, instead of an IP address?
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    What works best for me is to first type the IP of the machine you need to remote into "client machine", then use the IP address and User name of the client PC.

    You can also use the PC name first instead of the IP then the User name second, basically the User name is the PC name without the -PC. The last two pictures shows both ways and either way will work.


    So if the User name is the typical MediaCenter-PC just use MediaCenter not the -PC part, this is where you can run into problems and leaving off the -PC part is key.
    To get the IP from the client machine follow directions in this link > Network Posting Tips

    You must also set up a User password on the client machine. Use that password when you see the password prompt and use the check box to save credentials as required. Password - Create for a User Account - Windows 7 Help Forums Password - Create for User Account in Windows 8

    Post a screen shot of the ipconfig/all from the client machine if you can't figure out which one is the actual IP address but it will be the one across from where it says IPv4 address............................192.168.x.x

    Example below, second picture is the one you see first.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Remote Desktop TYPE IN CREDENTIALS.PNG   Remote Desktop MediaCenter.PNG   MEDIACENTER PC REMOTE DESKTOP.PNG  
    Last edited by chev65; 11 Dec 2013 at 17:51.
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    Scotsman living in the USA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    Thanks for the info. I'll give things a try tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a screenshot of my ipconfig /all.
    Click image for larger version
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    Scotsman living in the USA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    So at home, I tried remoting into the machine using the IPv4 address and machine name but it wouldn't work.

    Not sure where I'm going wrong here.
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    You need to use the User name on the second line not the machine name.

    I posted pictures of both ways to make this clear. IP address or computer name first, the computer name has the -PC at the end. The User name does not.

    You also need to enable remote desktop on the client machine via the Control Panel>System> remote settings, enable Allow Remote connections to this computer.


    It's required that both machines have a password as well.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails ENABLE REMOTE DESKTOP.PNG  
    Last edited by chev65; 19 Dec 2013 at 14:52.
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  10. #10


    Scotsman living in the USA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit)


    I think my error may have been not expanding the Remote Desktop Connection screen to show all options. I was only entering the IP address or computer name into the "Computer:" section.

    I'm not sure what to do with the User name. The only user name I have is my Microsoft Account (email address). I use this to log into both machines, and assumed I could/should use that to log in when using Remote Desktop. On the host machine when I look at users allowed to remote in it says my xxxx@xxxx.com account has access.
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