Use Windows 10 Projecting to this PC to Wirelessly Control other Devices

Many people use multiple devices simultaneously while at work. Windows 10 provides various features for such multitaskers. It might be a possibility that while working on a Windows 10 PC, you require to mirror the screen of another Windows 10 or Android device

Windows 10 users use different third-party apps for screen-casting on the PC. However, there is an in-built option known as Projecting to this PC that would let you project your other Windows 10 devices and some Android devices to the current Windows 10 system.

The best part of this feature is, it also lets you use the mouse and keyboard of the connected device. That means you can virtually control the other devices from your Windows 10 system.

Let us discover how to use Projecting to this device option of Windows 10 for making multi-device tasking easier.

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Add Wireless Display Optional Feature

From Windows 10 version 2004 onwards, the “Wireless Display” comes under optional feature and is not installed by default. However, it is necessary to install Wireless Display to enable the Projecting to this PC option.

When you open the “Projecting to this PC option” on Windows 10 2004 and further versions, you will see this screen that will ask you to add the Wireless Display feature.

Projecting to this PC

To add it, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Settings from the Start Menu
  2. Select System settings 
  3. From the left pane, choose Projecting to this PC.
  4. Click on the Optional Features option.Optional Feature
  5. On the next window, click on Add a feature.add an optional feature
  6. Search for Wireless Display, check the box, and click on Install.Install Wireless Display
  7. Wireless Display will begin installing.Wireless Display Installing

Enable Projecting to this PC Option

After installing and enabling the Wireless Display feature, you can now switch ON the Projecting to this PC option. Follow these steps for that.

  1. Open Windows Settings from the Start Menu

  2. Select System settings 
    System Settings Windows 20H2

  3. From the left pane, choose Projecting to this PC.
    Select Projecting to this PC

  4. Now first, configure the options for projecting as per your preference. Second, click on Launch the Connect app to project to this PC.
    Configure Projecting to this PC

  5. Your system would now be ready to host.Host is ready to connect

To project and control other devices on the host PC, follow these steps. 

  1. From the device that you want to project, go to Project and click on Connect to a wireless display.connect to a wireless display
  2. Look for the host device and click on its name.
  3. After the connection is established, check the “Allow mouse, keyboard, touch, and pen input from this device” so that you could control this system from host.Connect to other Windows 10 device
  4. On the host PC, you will see that another device is ready to started
  5. In a few seconds, the projection would start.Projection Started

In our test, we were successfully able to project another Windows 10 device to the host. However, the Android device was unable to mirror. Though it is clearly mentioned in the setting that even some Android devices can be projected. 

android device projection - Projecting to this PC

So, you can try on your own to project an Android device. If your device is unable to get projected you can try other methods to cast Android to Windows 10.

How “Projecting to this PC” can be beneficial?

Windows 10 Projecting to this PC can be useful in the following ways:

  • If you use two devices simultaneously, you can control both of them on a single screen. This will maintain your workflow and enhance your productivity.
  • If your colleague has any technical issue with their system, you can fix it right from your device through screen sharing.
  • You can stream a video from your tablet or other small screen devices to the Windows PC. The quality would remain as it is.

Final Words

Most users use remote desktop applications to take control of another system on their Windows 10 device. However, that requires both devices to be connected with high-speed internet. If you are working on two devices simultaneously in a room, you don’t need to use any remote desktop clients. Instead, use Windows 10 in-built Projecting to this PC option for managing two machines on a single screen.

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1 thought on “Use Windows 10 Projecting to this PC to Wirelessly Control other Devices”

  1. The Duplicate and Second screen options should not exist and with the projection start should always start by default in the Extended option… Microsoft is just stupid mistakes and options… that’s why Apple is always ahead!


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