For a lot of implementations of a Raspberry Pi having a physical monitor isn't necessary, so being able to remote desktop onto it makes it easier to manage everything from your primary computer. This post gives a step-by-step guide of how to do this.
There's several methods of remote desktoping on to a Raspberry Pi, in this tutorial we'll be using some software called Xming.
If you find the remote desktop window is split or not the best size for your screen, see the tips section.
If you're running on smaller monitors or find that the RDP window is loading to large, right click on the Xming icon (usually on your desktop or in the start menu) and go to 'Properties', in the 'Target' box add the following to the end:
This will load RD into a 800 x 600 windows, you can adjust this to suit your needs. You may also find it runs better if you remove the -multiwindow option. Here are my full property target options:
You can reboot or shut down the raspberry Pi remotely using:
Remove -r for shutdown only.
Note that you can't run other commands in putty while you've got a RD window open.