Booting Remote PC using Remote Desktop?


  1. Posts : 2
    W10 Home 64bit
       #1

    Booting Remote PC using Remote Desktop?


    I have a remote PC (W10 Pro) and it is connected to my local house network by WiFi. It controls some equipment in a remote shed, and normally does not have a monitor/keyboard or mouse connected to it. I would like to switch it on in the shed (possibly using an internet mains switch), return to the house, and control it via remote desktop from the house PC (W10 Pro, ver 1909) over WiFi network link. If I connect a monitor/keyboard/mouse to the remote computer, it boots up but I have to enter a password to complete the boot into windows. I can then go to the house and take control of it by remote desktop. I would like to just switch on the remote PC (with no monitor/kbd/mouse), go to the house and connect by remote desktop to control it. However, when I try it without peripherals I think its hanging at the password entry because the house PC will not connect to the remote PC using remote desktop, and it does not appear in the network list. Is there a way of booting the remote PC (with no monitor/kbd/mouse) into windows by power on only, without any user intervention, so I can then control it via remote desktop from the house PC?
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  2. Posts : 42,890
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, wake-up on LAN (WOL) normally only applies to ethernet connected devices, so is not applicable here, alas.

    but I have to enter a password to complete the boot into windows.
    That should be easy to deal with:

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

    It might be there's a BIOS option for it to boot when power is applied: example
    The PC that I wanted to start up has to be on Wi-Fi due to practicality. what I did was get one of those remote controlled smart outlets and set the BIOS to default to power on. I have a UPS and a gas generator so I’m not going to lose power to that PC otherwise. I just shut down the PC as normal then cut the power for about 30 seconds when I want to start it up.
    10 Ways To Remotely Turn On Your Computer Using Wake-on-LAN • Raymond.CC
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  3. Posts : 2
    W10 Home 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you, your solution worked. I unticked the box requiring a password on boot in windows.
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  4. Posts : 42,890
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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