Remote Desktop Connection - Windows 8

Begin by getting to the live-tiles page on your computer. If you are not already there, press the windows key on your laptop (between fn and alt).

Live Tiles


From here, start typing "Remote Desktop".

When you are in the live-tile mode, typing will bring up the search function.

The first result should be Remote Desktop Connection.

Remote Desktop

When the Remote Desktop Connection dialogue box appears you can type in and hit Connect.


Remote Desktop Connection: Windows 8


Once you try and connect to the remote server you may see this screen. If you do, check the box that says "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer"

Click Yes


You should see the login screen.

Enter Your Username and Password and click OK

Be sure to put “shsu\” before your username and hit OK.

Remote Desktop Connection: Windows 8 log in


At this point, you will be connected to your roaming profile as if you were on campus.

Setting Remote Options

To gain access to printers and local drives you will need access the Options button before login.

Remote Desktop Connection: Windows 8







The Options button gives you access to selecting the availability of local resources, display settings, programs and more. For our purposes here we will stick to the Local Resources tab.

Remote Desktop Connection: Windows 8 Local Resources


On the first screen you can choose to allow access for your printer and clipboard. Click the "More" button to move to our next step.

From this screen, you can select access for your local drives (Note these drives are located in the computer you are connecting from, and are not part of the SHSU computer network), smart cards, serial ports, as well as any Plug and Play devices you might need.


Remote Desktop Connection: Windows 8 Device option


Click OK and Connect or Options to close the Options screen.


Note to Faculty/Staff: When connecting to your office computer, other local resources, such as C:/ drive or any CD-R/DVD drives will not be available for use. does not connect to your particular computer, but to an on-campus computer allowing you access to your profile.