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Connecting to a Windows VPS (Virtual Private Server) using Windows’ own Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is relatively simple. This functionality to remotely connect to another computer is embedded into Windows Operating Systems.

Connecting to a Windows VPS is similar to connecting to any other Windows device. If you are familiar with the Windows interface, you should have little trouble with a VPS running Windows.

Setting Up

Although BitLaunch servers are already setup to accept Windows RDP connections, the process to allow an existing Windows server to open up RDP connections is still useful knowledge. You can skip to the section labelled "Connecting" if you have created a BitLaunch Windows VPS.

There are some small prerequisites for  being able to connect to Windows using RDP.  Namely, you need to make sure that your system is set up to allow remote access.

It may be set up this way by default, however sometimes other software may turn it off, so before you start, you will want to ensure the settings are correct.

First go to the Control Panel on your computer.  In Windows 10, you simply need to click the Windows key and then type “Control Panel” and choose it from the menu.

Once there, you will want to click on System and Security:

Control Panel with "System and security" higlighted

From this point you will need to look at the “System” section, and click on “Allow remote access” as is shown below:

System and Security Control Panel screen with "Allow remote access" highlighted

This will take you to the “Remote” tab of the Systems Properties window.   Make sure that you have “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer” clicked. As mentioned, in most cases it will likely already be checked.  Click “OK.”

The "Remote" tab of system properties with the "Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer" option ticked


Click on the Windows key, and type “Remote” and choose “Remote Desktop Connection” as shown below.

Windows 10 search menu with the word "Remote" in the search field

This will bring up a window that looks something like below.    

Remote Desktop connection window with "Show options" higlighted in the bottom left

Click on “Show Options” to get a more detailed screen.   Under “Computer” you will need to enter either the IP address for the remote computer, or  its domain name (if you have it).    Enter your User name, and click “Save” to save a copy of your connection.   Then click on “Connect.”

Remote desktop connect app with "Admin" typed in the "User name" field

You will then be prompted for the password associated with the username you entered.

You may get a message like the below.  You can just click "Yes" as it is your VPS.

Remote desktop certificate warning

Once you are in, you will see a Windows screen that looks much like the one below.   Note that if the screen is maximized, you will be able to see the name of the computer or the IP address across the top bar, like so.

A windows 10 desktop with the RDP toolbar at the top of the screen

To disconnect and keep your session running, you can just click on the “X” at the top right of the screen.   You will see a message that states the below.

Remote desktop connect warning stating "Your remote session will be disconnected"

You can click “OK” in this window and leave whatever it is you need running on the remote machine (which is something you will typically wish to do).  When you login the next time, you will see whatever software you left running still up on the machine.


You have now successfully set up your RDP connection to a remote Windows VPS.
If you need to connect to it again in the future, simply fire up your Remote Desktop Connection, and you should see your connection already configured in the application.