By default this is set to detect connection quality

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is and then that will determine how many of these Windows desktop features we're going to be able to usethrough the Remote Desktop session. By default this is set to detect connection quality automatically.If you select this option then Windows is going to see how fast your network connection is and then turn off or on each of these different options depending upon whether or not the connection is fast enough to support it. Such as being able to view the remote desktop's background, font smoothing, desktop composition,show window contents while dragging, window and menu animations and visual styles. On a really slow connection you'll find that a lot of these are turned off and they'll basically look like an old Windows 2000 user interface because it requires less network bandwidth. Now if you want to manually specify how fast your connection is you can click this drop down list and specify, you can select anywhere from a LAN connection which assumes that the network speed is 10 megabits per second or higher clear down to a slow old modem connection, running at 56 kilobits. Now even if you do select one of these, say LAN, you can turn these individual options off or on, basically allowing you to tweak it to provide the best performance. For our purposes though, I'm just going to leave it set to detect the connection automatically, that works really well in my experience.Another option that's really useful is this one right here, reconnect if the connection is dropped. In my experience, Remote Desktop connections sometimes get dropped. Typically due to network congestion. So if you have this option turned on and your connection gets dropped for whatever reason the Remote Desktop connection client will automatically go out and reestablish that connection immediately. You'll notice just like a one or two second delay as the connection is reestablished. If you turn this option off and your connection gets dropped for some reason you're going to have to go back and manually reconnect. I always leave this option turned on. So, now that we've got our connection configured, let's go ahead and connect to that remote system.Click Connect. And we're prompted, do we trust this remote connection? The reason that we're being prompted is because we're allowing that remote computer to access resources on my local systemsuch as the E drive that I granted it access to. Now it is a little bit of a security risk but I feel comfortable doing it because it's on my local network segment. I'm not going over the internet or anything, so I'm going to click Connect. As soon as I do I need to authenticate using the user account that I specified earlier. If I did not specify a user account in the connection window over here, I'd have to provide both the user name and the password of the user on the local system that I want to connect as. But I already did that so I just have to provide that user's password. Remember this user is a user on the remote system, not a user on this system. We're not going to use a user on this system to authenticate, we're going to use a user account on the Windows 8 system, to authenticate to that system. Click OK.
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