It is a very easy task to remote access various Windows computers with the help of a Remote Desktop protocol. However, things become a bit more complicated when the operating system of two computers to be connected are different. Let’s imagine a situation when you wish to remotely access another computer but your system is running on Windows 10 however the other computer is running on Ubuntu or Linux.
So, here we are with a simple tutorial which is going to guide you step by step to how to remote access Windows 10 via Linux and Ubuntu with the help of xRDP.
Steps to Remote Access Windows 10 via Linux and Ubuntu
For those who don’t know what xRDP is, it is an open siurce RDP (remote desktop protocol) which runs of Linux and Ubuntu.
But before we begin, you need to make sure that have remote desktop enabled on your Windows 10 and Windows Firewall allows it for public networks as well.
Now follow the steps below to remote access Windows 10 via Linux and Ubuntu:
Step 1: In Linux or Ubuntu, press the Windows key and type “Remote Desktop”. Search for it and you will see “Remmina Remote Desktop Client” on your screen.
Step 2: Now open it, and you will see another dialogue box on your screen. In the RDP box, enter the IP address of your Windows 10 PC. Click on connect. If you are asked to accept any certificate, click on OK.
Step 3: You will be then asked your Windows 10 username and password. Enter both the details and click on OK.
And that is all. You have successfully connected to your Windows 10 PC.
If you wish to go other way around and connect Linux Ubuntu via Windows 10, here are the steps:
Step 1: Press Ctrl+Alt+t together and open Linux Terminal. In the terminal window you need to type “sudo apt-get install xrdp”. After typing the command press Enter.
Step 2: The installation process will begin and after it is complete type “sudo apt-get install xfce4” and press Enter.
Step 3: After this you need to enter “echo xfce4-session > ~/.xsession”. This command is going to create a .xsession file.
Step 4: Now type “sudo nano /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh”. This command is going to run xfce4 every time on startup.
Step 5: Add startfce4 on the editor and save it. After it is done, restart the service by typing “sudo service xrdp restart” and press Enter.
Step 6: On Windows 10, in the run dialogue box, enter “mstsc” and press Enter. In the dialogue box that appears, enter the IP address of your Ubunti Linux PC and then click Connect.
Step 7: The next dialogue box willinquire you about your Linux PC’s username and password. Enter the details and your computer will remotely connect to Windows 10 PC.
That is all you need to know about how to remote access Windows 0 via Linux and Ubuntu. In case you face any problem, please let us know in comments below. Thank you for reading this post. Subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook in order to receive regular tech updates similar to this.