Access a Cloud PC

Users can access their Cloud PCs in accordance with the matrix below:

Windows 365 Edition Windows 365 app web client Microsoft Remote Desktop LG Web OS
Windows 365 Business X X X X
Windows 365 Enterprise X X X X
Windows 365 Frontline X X

For information on hardware requirements, see End user hardware requirements.

Windows App

For more information about the requirements of running and using Windows App, see What is Windows App?.

Windows 365 web site

Users can navigate to to access their Cloud PCs.

Software requirements

To access their Cloud PC from this website, the user's device must meet the following requirements:

  • Supported operating systems: Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux
  • A modern browser like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox (v55.0 and later), or LG webOS 23.

Home page

On their Windows 365 home page, users see the Cloud PCs they have access to in the Your Cloud PCs section.

Windows 365 home.

From this page, users have two options to connect to your Cloud PC:

  • Select Open in browser to open their Cloud PC in the web client (not available for mobile devices). For more information, see Windows 365 web client.
  • Select Open in Remote Desktop app to open their Cloud PC in Remote Desktop. For more information, see Remote Desktop.

User actions

While on, users can take actions on their Cloud PCs by selecting the gear icon on a Cloud PC card.

Card menu.

  • Rename: Changes the name of the Cloud PC shown to the user on the web site. This action doesn't affect any name in Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Entra ID, on the device, or in the Remote Desktop Apps.

  • Reset:

    • Reinstalls Windows (with the option to choose between Windows 11 and Windows 10).

    • Removes your personal files.

    • Removes any changes you made to settings.

    • Removes your apps.


      Before resetting your Cloud PC, make sure to back up any important files you need to keep to a cloud storage service or external storage. Resetting your Cloud PC will delete these files.

  • Restart: Restarts the Cloud PC. For Cloud PCs created after 1/31/2024, you can also restart or shut down by using the keyboard combination CTRL+ALT+DEL.

  • Troubleshoot: Troubleshoot and attempt to resolve any issues that may be preventing a user from connecting to their Cloud PC. The checks run include:

    • Check whether any files or agents required for connectivity are correctly installed.
    • Make sure that the Azure resources are available.
    Return state Description
    No issues detected None of the checks discovered an issue with the Cloud PC.
    Issues resolved An issue was detected and fixed.
    Can't connect to Cloud PC. We're working to fix it, try again later. A Microsoft service required for connectivity is unavailable. Try connecting again later.
    We couldn't fix issues with your Cloud PC. Contact your administrator. An issue was detected but it couldn't be fixed. This issue exists because of an ongoing Windows update or another issue. If this error persists for an extended period of time, the Cloud PC may need to be reset.
  • System Information: Displays information about the Cloud PC specification.

Dark mode

To switch the site to dark mode:

  1. Go to

  2. Select the gear icon and select Dark Mode.

    Screenshot of dark mode option.

Windows 365 web client

When you select Open in browser for a Cloud PC on the web site, the In Session Settings window appears, where you can choose multiple options before connecting to your Cloud PC:

  1. Select which devices and features on your physical device that your Cloud PC can access:
  2. Select Show advanced settings to see the following options:
  3. Select Connect. The Cloud PC opens in the web client (browser).

Change settings in Cloud PC

To change settings from within the Cloud PC:

  1. Select the gear icon.
  2. Select the options you want change > Update.

The changes will appear the next time you restart the Cloud PC.

User feedback

Users can provide feedback about their Cloud PC experience by using the feedback icon in the upper right corner.

Connection details

Users can view and download connection details.

  1. Select the Connection details icon > Show details.

    Screenshot of Connection icon.

  2. To download a text file containing the connection details, select Download report.

    Screenshot of connection details.

Transfer files to and from a Cloud PC

To transfer files from the local device to the Cloud PC, select the upload icon to launch File Explorer. Select the files to transfer them to the \This PC\Windows365 virtual drive\Uploads folder on the Cloud PC.

To transfer files from the Cloud PC to the local device, copy the files to the Downloads folder on the Cloud PC. The files will be copied to the \This PC\Windows365 virtual drive\Downloads folder of the local device.

Restrict users from transferring files to and from Cloud PCs

You can restrict users from transferring files by using RDP drive redirection. For more information, see Manage RDP device redirections for Cloud PCs.

Collect user logs

Users can collect logs of their Cloud PC sessions. The logs are collected from the browser and the user can choose the save location.

To turn on log collection, in the client, select the information icon > Capture logs.

Capture logs.

Hardware acceleration

You can turn on hardware acceleration when using the web client to access your Cloud PC. This option decreases network latency, improving the web client Cloud PC experience. This option is turned on by default.

To turn hardware acceleration on or off, in the client, select the gear icon > Use hardware acceleration.

High DPI

You can use the High DPI toggle to render the web client using the native resolution of the physical device. This is a good option to turn on if you're using a high resolution screen, like 4K or UHD monitors.

The High Dots Per Inch (DPI) setting adjusts the display resolution to match the physical size of the screen and the distance between the user and the screen.

To choose this option, select the gear icon > High DPI.

Alternative keyboard layout

Use this option if you're using a nonstandard keyboard that includes special characters (like Chinese (Traditional) or Spanish (Mexico)).

  1. In the Windows 365 web client In Session Settings window, choose Show advanced settings > Alternative keyboard layout > On.

    Screencap of In Sessions Settings window Alternative Keyboard Layout.

  2. In the drop-down list, select the language that matches the keyboard.

By default, Alternative keyboard layout is turned off. If using a standard keyboard that doesn't require special layouts, the user can deselect this option. Deselecting the option in the middle of a session requires reconnecting.

Location (preview)

Location redirection lets Cloud PCs access your approximate location safely without privacy concerns. By turning on the location service, you let your Cloud PC use the location of your physical device for most apps (the Weather widget isn't currently supported).

For more information about location services, see Windows location service and privacy.

Location redirection requires local admin privileges on the Cloud PC. For more information, see Assign user as a local admin.

To turn on location redirection, follow these steps:

  1. On your physical device, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location.

  2. For Location services, set the toggle to On.

  3. For Let apps access your location, set the toggle to On.

  4. For each app that you want your Cloud PC to have location information, set the toggle to On.

  5. Go to

  6. Under Your Cloud PCs, select Open in a browser for your Cloud PC.

  7. Under In Session Settings, select Location (Preview) > Connect.

    Screenshot of Location redirection option.

  8. In the wants to Know your location confirmation box, select Allow.

Organizational settings might override the location settings for your device. For example, your organization might disable location redirection for all Cloud PCs they manage.

Keyboard shortcuts (preview)

While accessing your Cloud PC using the web client, you can set your Cloud PCs to use special keyboard shortcuts (combination keys with the Windows key, ESC, and so on). For a full list of shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

Keyboard shortcuts are in public preview.

To turn on keyboard shortcuts for your Cloud PC:

  1. Go to
  2. Under Your Cloud PCs, select Open in a browser for your Cloud PC.
  3. Under In Session Settings, select Keyboard shortcuts (Preview) > Connect. Screencap of In Sessions Settings Keyboard shortcuts.

When Keyboard shortcuts is turned on, the web client opens in full-screen mode. Keyboard shortcuts only work in full-screen mode. Full screen using F11 isn't supported. You must use the full screen mode from the toolbar.

To turn off keyboard shortcuts, in your web client, select Settings > deselect Keyboard shortcuts > Update.

LG webOS 23

The Windows 365 web client can be accessed through LG TV with the latest webOS 23.

To launch the web client on an LG TV (with LG webOS 23), navigate to Home Office > Windows 365.

The following Windows 365 features aren't available on LG TV:

  • File Transfer
  • Clipboard
  • Location redirection
  • Collected error logs
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Remote Desktop

The Microsoft Remote Desktop app lets users access and control a remote PC, including a Cloud PC.

For a list of clients by operating system, see Remote Desktop clients. For a comparison of features by client, see Compare the clients: features.

Install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app

To set up their Remote Desktop client, users follow these steps:

  1. Download the Remote Desktop app from the Remote Desktop clients page.
  2. Select Subscribe.
  3. Enter their Microsoft Entra credentials.
  4. The Cloud PC appears in the list, and they can double-click it to launch.

Next steps

For information about the different protocol network requirements per scenario, see Network requirements.