If you want to access your main computer remotely, installing TeamViewer properly is crucial. Whether you need to join a video chat with your family while away on a work trip or update Excel documents without transferring files, connecting to your computer from another location can be necessary. This guide will walk you through how to install TeamViewer and ensure you can connect to your main PC from afar.

HOW TO INSTALL TEAMVIEWER | BEFORE YOU START To differentiate between the two computers we will be working on, we'll call the computer you usually use the main computer, and the one you'll use to connect to it the remote computer.

Before you can connect remotely, you must download and install TeamViewer on both the main and remote computers. Both devices will need an internet connection, and you may need to adjust some settings on your main computer to ensure you can access it.

HOW TO INSTALL TEAMVIEWER | SETTING UP YOUR MAIN COMPUTER This is the computer you will access from a different location. Before installing TeamViewer, make sure you check the settings on this computer, which we'll call the main computer.

  • SET POWER SETTINGS Ensure that the power settings on your main computer are set to prevent it from going to sleep. In Windows, create a new power plan and set the hard drive to never go to sleep. To do this, tap the Windows key, type "control panel" and press enter. Click "Power Options" and then "Create a power plan" on the left. Select "High Performance," name your power plan, and click "Next." Then, click "Create." On the right of your power plan, click "Change plan settings." Next, click "Change advanced power settings," and under "Hard Disk," change the setting named "Turn off hard disk after:" to "0" to prevent the hard drive from going to sleep.
  • SET NETWORK SETTINGS Make sure the device that connects your main computer to the internet doesn't turn off during long periods of inactivity. To set your network adapter's power settings, click the Windows key, type "control panel," press enter, then launch "Network and Sharing Center." From there, click "Change adapter settings," right-click on the device that connects you to the internet, select "Properties," then click "Configure." Select the "Power Management" tab and uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power." Click "OK."
  • HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL TEAMVIEWER Download and launch TeamViewer from www.teamviewer.com. If you'll use the computer for personal use, customize the settings and set up Unattended Access. Create a sophisticated password for this computer for security purposes, and write down the password and ID that TeamViewer gives you.
  • MAIN COMPUTER CHECKLIST To recap, make sure the following criteria are met on your main computer so you can connect to it remotely:
  • Power and network power settings are set to never sleep;
  • TeamViewer is running;
  • The computer has an internet connection; and
  • You are logged into the computer.

If you meet all these prerequisites, you're ready to go! Before leaving the remote computer unattended, test connecting to it.

Tip: Lock the computer by pressing Windows Key and L to stay connected. Signing out of the computer will close TeamViewer and prevent you from connecting.

SETTING UP YOUR REMOTE PC This is the computer you'll use to remotely connect to your main computer. We call it the remote computer.

  • DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL TEAMVIEWER Download TeamViewer on the remote computer and install it exactly as you did for the main computer. Setting up Unattended Access is only essential if you ever think you will use TeamViewer from the other end to log in to this device. Otherwise, you do not need to set it up.
  • CONNECT USING TEAMVIEWER To log in, enter the ID and password from you main computer you will be remotely connecting to.
  • TIPS FOR STAYING LOGGED IN To avoid TeamViewer being closed out, do not sign out of the computer you will be remoting into.
  • To prevent needing someone to wake up the main computer for you, make sure power settings and network adapter power settings are set to never go to sleep.
  • For reliability, use a wired internet connection for the main computer.
  • To prevent mishaps, inform others to not turn off your main computer.
  • To keep from having to reconfigure your computers, make sure you had set up unattended access on the main computer. Failing to do this will have the password change frequently. As a result, this will be a headache for you and anyone you have to call for the password.
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