Windows 7 RDP not working on home LAN

jwagman used Ask the Experts™
I have 2 Windows 7 Professional pcs hanging off of the same router. I cannot RDP - authentication fails. One thing to note: when I try to add people who can log  on in remote administration, neither PC allows me to see the other PC. Any ideas? Any really good Windows 7 RDP resources online out there?
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Does that user you added to RDP have a password assigned?


I can't add anybody from the other PC, that's the problem. But all admin users do have passwords, yes.
Are you RDPing into another network such as using a VPN or is it just in your local LAN connection?

Make sure network discovery is on both pcs if its just your local LAN pc you are try to see through the network and sharing center in control panel
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If all the users have admin rights you don't have to add them to RPD users. You should be able to login using the admin account from other computer.
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you have to add the users to each computers administrators or rdp users groups.  you can't add \\computer1\username  to \\computer2's allowed users list since it has nothing to authenticate against. i.e. computer1 does not have access to the usernames on computer2 when it is trying to authenticate.. there is nothing in common.
1. Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

2. In the left pane, click Remote settings.   If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. In the System Properties dialog box, under Remote Desktop, select one of the three options, and then click Select Users.

4. If you are an administrator on the computer, your current user account will automatically be added to the list of remote users and you can skip the next two steps.

5. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.

6. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do the following:

7. To specify the search location, click Locations, and then select the location you want to search.

8. In Enter the object names to select, type the name of the user that you want to add, and then click OK.

The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users

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