Make your life easier with Remote Desktop. If you’ve ever been away from home and wished you could remote access to your home PC, you will see Remote Desktop as a godsend. Remote Desktop allows you remote control over your PC using another computer via an internet connection. You can use your keyboard and mouse to take control of the remote computer, all the time you can see what’s happening remotely on the screen in front of you. You can use this functionality to access the files and applications on your home computer or you could use it to fix problems on a friend or relative’s PC if they aren’t particularly PC-savvy.Smile

 

To get started, the PC that you want to control will need to have Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 installed. Microsoft Windows XP home users can use the remote desktop features to control a host computer, but not to be controlled themselves, so be aware of that.

 

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1. DOWNLOAD CLIENT

If you’re using an older version of Microsoft Windows use your Microsoft Windows XP installation CD-ROM to install the client software onto the older machine or visit http://tinyurl.com/2elke to download the client software.

 

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2. INSTALL THE CLIENT

Install the Remote Desktop client software.

 

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3. HOST COMPUTER

First we need to set up the host computer. Click start > Control Panel > Select the System menu. Hit the Remote tab and you’ll be shown the remote desktop settings.

 

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4. STARTING REMOTE DESKTOP

To activate the service, check the “Allow Remote Assistance invitation to be sent from this computer” and “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”. If you’re only using Window Firewall to protect your PC, it will automatically be configured for remote desktop.

 

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5. MAKE THE CONNECTION

Using a second PC, the one acting as the client, click on Start > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection. You’ll be greeted with a dialog screen asking for the name of the computer you wish to connect to.

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6. CALL THE HOST

Assuming that you are working on a local network or VPN, type in the name of the computer you wish to communicate with. If you’re unsure, use the drop-down menu and click browse to search for available PCs.

Explained: VPN stand for Virtual Private Network, VPN is an encrypted network that rides on the back of another network system such as internet. Microsoft Windows has its own VPN system build into the Operating System and this allows you to create a private Network.

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7. TWO INTO ONE

Once you have connected, the host computer will appear in a Window on the client computer. You can manipulate it as if it were a standard window, while all the time having access to the remote computer.

 

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8. USING APPLICATIONS

There is no limit to what you can do while in Remote desktop mode. You can download email, run application you don’t have installed on the client computer and access images that you have stored remotely.

 

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9. CHANGE YOU OPTIONS

Backtracking to the Remote Desktop Connection menu, there are a number of options you can tweak to improve your experience. Click the Option button at the lower part of the screen and a new menu will appear.

 

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10. WINDOW DISPLAY

On the Options screen, hitting the Display tab bring up there remote desktop size settings and you can also tweak the colors used, which is useful if you are using a laptop with a less powerful graphics card.

 

 

 

 

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11. A GREAT EXPERIENCE

Hitting the Experience tab lets you select the speed of your connection, which is important for your remote desktop experience. The faster the connection, the more detail the client computer can display.