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Remote Desktop on Windows XP

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comments by ClifNotes on 12 Oct 2005



Here's a very interesting tip from Gary. Why pay for a service like GoToMyPC?


Tip from Gary Chambers at InternetFixes

Control Remote Desktops Through A Web Browser In XP!

Remote Desktop is a new feature in Windows XP that allows you to control a remote computer and see the screen as if you were sitting behind that computer. Usually, you would use a special client application to connect to the remote computer. By default, Windows XP setup installs such an application: Remote Desktop Connection.


You can also access the remote computer without another application, using instead your Web browser. However, before you can do this, you must first install certain components on the remote computer. To do this:



1. Open Control Panel.

2. Open the Add/Remove Programs dialog box.

3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

4. Select Internet Information Services in the Windows Components Wizard and then click Details.

5. Select World Wide Web Service and click Details.

6. Make sure Remote Desktop Web Connection and World Wide Web Service are checked.

7. Click OK.

8. Click OK.

9. Click Next and follow the wizard to complete the installation.


After the setup installs all of the necessary files, you can access the remote computer by typing http://remote_computer/tsweb in your Web browser. When you connect to the remote computer for the first time, the computer will download ActiveX components, which requires you to have administrative privileges on the local computer.


Remote Assistance: No Invitation Required!


Windows XP includes a Remote Assistance feature that allows you to help others, by seeing their desktop or even gaining control over the remote computer. Remote Assistance uses the same technology as Remote Desktop but with one major difference--Remote Assistance is invite only. This means that the remote user has to send you an invitation.


But sometimes you might not want to deal with invitations on your local network. You can also configure Windows XP to accept Remote Assistance sessions without special invitations by changing a setting in the Group Policy.


1. Open Group Policy and browse to Local Computer | Administrative Templates | System | Remote Assistance.

2. Change the state of Offer Remote Assistance to Enabled.

3. Choose the appropriate setting in the enabled dialog box.

4. Click the Show button and the users or group of users allowed to use Remote Assistance without invitation.

5. Click OK.


Once you configure this option, specified users will be able to offer you Remote Assistance without invitation. However, this doesn't mean they will be able to control your system without your permission. When they connect to your machine, you will receive a prompt asking for permission. If you deny permission, they will not be able to view or control your computer. see also Remote Desktop overview at Microsoft.

Gary Chambers



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