Remote Desktop for Windows


The Remote Desktop Connection is a built-in application in Windows 7 and 10, which allows Pace employees (staff, faculty) to connect to their Pace office/work computer remotely from another computer. This allows them to work on files and programs, and access network resources, as if they were physically sitting in front of their office/work computer.

If connecting from another on-campus computer/laptop, which is already on the Pace domain, you only need to use the Remote Desktop Connection application.  If connecting from an off-campus computer, such as your home computer/laptop, you will first need to connect to Pace VPN, and then use the Remote Desktop Connection.  In both cases, you need to know your Pace work computer name.

To learn how to find your computer name, review:

To learn how to download and connect to Pace Virtual Private Networking (VPN), review:


This article is divided into three sections. Please click on the desired link to jump to that section:

  • Connecting to a Remote Desktop
  • Disconnecting a Remote Desktop Session
  • Disconnecting a VPN Session

Note: All Pace domain computers are automatically configured to accept Remote Desktop connection. As long as you are a local administrator on the remote computer, you should be able to remote into that computer.

Connecting to a Remote Desktop

If you are off campus you will need to connect to the Pace Virtual Private Network VPN first.

  1. Click Windows Start button
  2. Windows 7: Select All Programs and click Accessories
    Windows 10: Type Remote Desktop Connection to search
  3. Click Remote Desktop Connection
    Remote Desktop Connection

    The Remote Desktop Connection dialog box displays.
    Remote Desktop Connection
  4. Type your Pace work computer name in the Computer field
  5. Click Connect
  6. If prompted, click OK to accept the Pace University’s Appropriate Use Policy
  7. Enter your Pace Username and Password to log into your office computer
    Enter Credentials
  8. Click OK
  9. If prompted, click Yes to accept the certificate

Disconnecting a Remote Desktop Session

Disconnecting from Remote Desktop for Windows 7 and 10

  1. Hover over the top of the screen if toolbar is hidden
  2. Click the X on the toolbar at the top-middle portion of the screen
  3. Click OK

Disconnecting a VPN Session

Disconnecting from VPN sessions for Windows 7 and 10

  1. Double-Click (or Right-Click) Cisco VPN Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client icon  on your computer's taskbar
  2. Click Disconnect
    VPN Disconnect