Setting up a Remote Desktop view the Pi on your Windows PC


There are numerous methods for Remote Desktop to Pi several are listed below be sure to check into all the options. My preferred way to do this is as follows:

On your PC, go to and download the latest version of Xming. Install this with all the default settings.

At this point, Xming is all ready to go. However, there are some configurations options you might like:

Xming Configuration

Xming shortcut needs some options.

Right click on your shortcut and click Properties.
Select the ‘Shortcut’ tab
In the ‘Target:’ textbox, there will be the path of the Xming.exe followed by a number of options.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Xming\Xming.exe” :0 -clipboard -rootless


Xming.exe” :0 -clipboard -rootless

For a smaller screen try:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Xming\Xming.exe” :0 -clipboard -screen 0 800×600+100+100@1

800×600 is the screen size 50+50 starts the default window at an x+y axis on your screen adjust either to your liking.

Xming Shortcut

Run xming

Download PuTTY here the website is

Run PuTTY.
Select SSH as the connection type.
Enter in your Pi’s IP address as the Host Name
The port should be 22 unless you know better
In PuTTY’s option tree, select Connection/SSH/X11
Check the box labelled Enable X11 forwarding
Go back to Session options (in the option tree)
If you would like to save these settings, type a name in the Saved Sessions box and click Save
Click Open

PuTTy SessionPuTTy X11

Once you have logged into the Pi

type startlxde and you will see the desktop of your Raspberry in the Xming window.


Why all this well space on the SD Card is limited and setting up other services on the Pi can take time. If you need to just start over and put the standard image back on this will allow remote access without changing anything on the Pi itself. And this is the best responsive method I have tested.


Other options are TightVNC (There is also a TightVNC java app that’s fun) this is a little more sluggish from my testing.

Another option is here with XRDP this option allows for Windows Remote Desktop Utility to connect to the Pi.

A very popular and easy to use option is MoxbaXterm see the tutorial here.