How to Enable Linux Ubuntu on Windows 10 and setup RDP

Accessing your desktop from a remote place is possible with the advancement in the technology. This work can be done with the help of the Ubuntu software. Ubuntu is a free software present in the windows 10 store. With the minor settings, a remote PC can easily be accessed, and the data can be copied or viewed from a distant location. A user can also solve any problem from expert away from the PC location. This article will guide you to use and setup Remote Desktop (RDP) in Ubuntu.

Go to Start and type Ubuntu. Install the app from the Store.

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Now, open the Ubuntu, a black window will open displaying the error as The Windows Subsystem for Linux optional component is not enabled. Please enable it an try again.

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Navigate to Windows Settings and click on the Update and Security option and select For Developers in the bottom left side of the Update and Security window.

Check Developer mode in for developer’s window. Click on Yes in the pop-up message and wait for some time, windows will make some changing to apply it automatically.

Now, open Control Panel and click on Programs.

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In the next window, click on the Turn Windows features on or off.

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Scroll down the list and check for Windows Subsystem for Linux.

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Again, open the Ubuntu, now the system will start installing the software.

After the installation is done in a few minutes, give Username and Password to create UNIX account.

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It’s the time to setup RDP for ubuntu. Type sudo apt install xrdp and sudo systemctl enable xrdp. Now Restart your system to apply the settings.

Go to Start and type Remote Desktop Connection. Click on the app to run it.

In the remoted desktop window, give IP address of the remote system in Computer and the User name.

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Click Connect and Click on Yes in the pop-up window to access the remote desktop.

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Xrdp window will open, select Xorg in Session and the username and password of the system you want to access and click Ok.

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When the connection is established the remote desktop connection window will open.

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Go to the Desktop and check to Allow other users to view your desktop in sharing options. Now you can access the remote desktop.

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About the Author: Imran Habib

Imran Habib worked as a Customer Success Manager at AIIT Solutions. He is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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