Network and Internet Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Windows 11


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You can use Remote Desktop to connect to and control your PC from a remote device by using a Microsoft Remote Desktop client (available for Windows, iOS, macOS and Android). When you allow remote connections to your PC, you can use another device to connect to your PC and have access to all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting at your desk.

You can add and remove users with accounts on the computer for the Remote Desktop Users group to allow them to connect remotely to the computer.

By default, administrator accounts with passwords on a computer are always allowed to connect remotely to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove Remote Desktop users on your Windows 11 PC.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove Remote Desktop Users.



Contents

  • Option One: Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Settings
  • Option Two: Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Control Panel
  • Option Three: Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Local Users and Groups
  • Option Four: Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Command Prompt
  • Option Five: Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in PowerShell




Option One

Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Remote Desktop on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Remote Desktop settings

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3 Click/tap on Remote Desktop users. (see screenshot below)

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4 Do step 5 (add users) or step 6 (remove users) below for what you want.


 5. Add Remote Desktop Users

A) Click/tap on Add. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on Advanced. (see screenshot below)​

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C) Perform the following steps to select a user: (see screenshot below)​
  1. Click/tap on Find Now.
  2. Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to add.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
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D) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​

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E) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

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 6. Remove Remote Desktop Users

A) Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

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7 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (category view).

2 Click/tap on the System and Security link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Allow remote access link. (see screenshot below)

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4 In the Remote tab in System Properties, click/tap on the Select Users button under Remote Desktop. (see screenshot below)

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5 Do step 6 (add users) or step 7 (remove users) below for what you want.


 6. Add Remote Desktop Users

A) Click/tap on Add. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on Advanced. (see screenshot below)​

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C) Perform the following steps to select a user: (see screenshot below)​
  1. Click/tap on Find Now.
  2. Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to add.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
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D) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​

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E) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)​

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 7. Remove Remote Desktop Users

A) Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)​

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8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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9 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Three

Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Local Users and Groups


This option is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

2 Click/tap on the Groups folder in the left pane to open it, and click/tap on Remote Desktop Users in the middle pane. (see screenshot below)

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3 Do step 4 (add users) or step 5 (remove users) below for what you want.


 4. Add Remote Desktop Users

A) Click/tap on Add. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on Advanced. (see screenshot below)​

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C) Perform the following steps to select a user: (see screenshot below)​
  1. Click/tap on Find Now.
  2. Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to add.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
Add_Remote_Desktop_Users-4.png

D) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​

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E) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 6. (see screenshot below)​

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 5. Remove Remote Desktop Users

A) Select the user (ex: "Brink2") you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 6. (see screenshot below)​

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6 You can now close Local Users and Groups if you like.




Option Four

Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin). and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Add user)​
net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" "UserName" /add

OR​

(List Remote Desktop users)​
net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users"

OR​

(Remove user)​
net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" "UserName" /delete

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to add or remove as a Remote Desktop user.

For example:
net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" "Brink2" /add

net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" "Brink2" /delete


3 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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Option Five

Add and Remove Remote Desktop Users in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin). and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Type the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Add user)​
Add-LocalGroupMember -Group "Remote Desktop Users" -Member "UserName"

OR​

(List Remote Desktop users)​
Get-LocalGroupMember -Group "Remote Desktop Users"

OR​

(Remove user)​
Remove-LocalGroupMember -Group "Remote Desktop Users" -Member "UserName"

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to add or remove as a Remote Desktop user.

For example:
Add-LocalGroupMember -Group "Remote Desktop Users" "Brink2"

Remove-LocalGroupMember -Group "Remote Desktop Users" -Member "Brink2"


3 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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