How to remotely use a local admin account to open computer management

Written by jim campbell
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The local administrator account on your Windows computer has full control of all configurations on the machine. You use this local administrator account to log in to the computer from Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop is a pre-installed software included with the Windows operating system that lets you remotely control a network computer. You use this application to remotely access a computer, log in with the local administrator account and open the computer management utility.

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    Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." Click "Accessories" and then click "Remote Desktop." This opens a dialogue window with a text box where you specify the computer you want to access.

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    Type the name of the computer you want to access and click "Connect." A terminal window opens that displays a Windows login screen. Type "administrator" in the username text box and type the password in the "Password" text box. Press "Enter" to access the remote computer's desktop.

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    Click the remote computer's "Start" button in the taskbar. In the pop-up menu, type "compmgmt.msc" into the text box. This is the shortcut command to open Computer Management. Press "Enter" to open the utility. From here, you can manage the remote computer.

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