If you are using the Pro, Business, or Ultimate versions of Windows, you can use Remote Desktop. Itís by far the best way to connect to another Windows PC, especially since Windows Vista or Windows 7 allow you to run Aero through the session. Remote Desktop is disabled by default in Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 but itís easy enough to turn it back on. If you need to access your Windows box from another box, itís an essential thing to turn on.
Please Note: Remote desktop is only included in the Professional, Business, or Ultimate versions of Windows. Home editions do not have the remote desktop feature.
To get to the configuration page, you can either right-click the Computer icon and choose properties, or you can type in SystemPropertiesRemote into the start menu search box, which will give you the system properties Window dialog on the Remote tab to launch.
Note: if you are using Windows 8 or 8.1 you will need to open the desktop Control Panel and find the System panel there.
Now youíll want to click the Remote Settings link on the left hand side. Again, if you are using Windows 8, this is the screen that youíll want to find Ė or you can search for Remote settings.
Then you can finally turn it on:
Tick The 'Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer' check box
To connect from another Vista / Win7 box on the same network, click the bottom radio button. If you need to connect from an XP/2k box, click the 'Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop' radio button.
You don't need to worry about setting up firewall rules, Windows Vista, 7 or 8 does that for you automatically.
Note: This should work for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.
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