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Whats the easiest way to access my desktop remotly?


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Krypto

If i want to be able to access my PC desktop from (ideally) any other computer connected to the internet, can this be done without having to download cumbersome software on both machines? Even if i just have access to all the files, in some sort of directory form, that would be good. Any advice?

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mtgriffith

Windows XP's remote desktop sharing feature is pretty cool.

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Krypto

thats what i thought, but i was under the impression that it only worked across a LAN.

Can anyone breifly explain how ot use it?

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freeza

heh i'd like to try it too i just dont have the patience cause nothing ever works the very first time i do it

it'd be cool if somebody whos got it to work flawlessly could write a short tutorial

it sucks having to send files across AIM to the ohter computer thats in my house lol

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mtgriffith

It's super easy.

The host has to have an external IP. (I guess it could have an internal IP if you are running a workgroup or domain)

Set the host up to allow Remote Desktop Sharing (Remote tab in System Properties).

Set up a user account to use (you can use your own).

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freeza

do you know how to do it in windows 2000?

my computer is on 2000, the computer i want to connect to is an XP machine

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mtgriffith

Remote desktop is just a dressed up version of the terminal services client that comes with Windows 2000 server tools. I haven't tried it but you might be able to take over an XP computer with Windows 2000.

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carpediem

yup you can access it with the terminal client (downloadable from MS). you won't hve true color like you would if you connect a XP->XP tho, but it works none the less. I've tried both and the XP->XP solution is much better (visually), but win2k-XP works fine too.

-carpe

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mtgriffith

Has anyone seen a Windows 2000 server tools (adminpack.msi) that is compatible with Windows XP?

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Krypto

Thanks a lot, that VNC thing was exactly what i was looking for, it works great.

I keep the viewer on a floppy disk (the disk itself is my keychain, so its always around.)

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