Remote Desktop

Windows Remote Desktop allows UWSP faculty and staff to connect securely to their UWSP office Windows computer from home or from on the road, giving you convenient access to your work computer including special applications - just like working at your office computer.

Is Remote Desktop really secure?

Yes.  When you connect to your office computer from another computer or device, your office computer locks.  Bystanders see only a locked screen as you continue to work in the background.  When you return to your office, unlock your computer screen by pressing the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys and enter your password.

Note: Before you can use remote desktop you may need to wake up your office computer. To do this visit

Use Remote Desktop to connect to your UWSP office Windows PC

  • From a Windows 8 computer

  • From an OS 10.14 (or higher) computer
    OS names: Mojave, Catalina, or Big Sur.

Authenticating with Microsoft MFA?  See the section, "Special requirements when using your hardware token with Remote Computer Access and VPN" on our Microsoft Multifactor Authentication page.

From your mobile device:

Please refer to Apple's Remote Desktop for WIndows 10 page for the latest Mac OS version requirements.


Apple Screen Sharing & Virtual Private Network

With Apple Screen Sharing and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) configured, faculty and staff can connect to a UWSP Apple computer (host) from another Apple computer (client).

Requirements to use Apple Screen Sharing:

On a UWSP Apple computer:

  • running 10.12 or newer

  • which is joined to the UWSP domain

  • has Screen Sharing Settings configured

On a home or client computer:

  • running 10.12 or newer

  • which connects through a UWSP VPN connection

To request this service be configured for your campus Mac, please enter an IT work order.

Once your campus Mac has been configured, follow the VPN Setup instructions to establish a connection from your home/client computer. Then connect to your UWSP Apple Computer following these Screen Sharing instructions.

Have questions? Please contact the Service Desk.