How to enable Remote Desktop on the Windows 8 CTP

Windows 8 looks terrific, however I'm running it in a virtual machine - and the screen speed is slow. 


So - how do I turn on Remote Desktop?  - Answer - use "SystemPropertiesRemote.exe"

Here's how:

  • Move the mouse to the bottom-left of the screen (diagonally left) - a "start menu" will popup
  • Click on "Search"
  • Type "CMD" (no uppercase is necessary; this is for effect)...
  • Click on "cmd" on the left
  • Type "SystemPropertiesRemote.exe" (again; no uppercase is necessary)
  • Click on the lowest button (see below)
  • Click "Ok"


To obtain the IP address type "ipconfig" - and find the line with "IPv4 address against it" - eg

Then on the connecting Windows 7 machine - use "start", - and type "mstsc" into the search  (or use Start - Accessories - "Remote Desktop Connection")

Type in the IP address as above.


Voila!  You now have access to your remote Windows 8 virtual machine!

Enjoy, and feel free to comment / suggest back!