Using Remote Desktop Connection

Discussion in 'Networking & Internet' started by Pat Cook, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Pat Cook

    Pat Cook

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    Okay here's what I'd like to do (Hopefully I won't get anyone lost here).



    I have a laptop that's on Windows Vista Home Premium & is faster than my boatanchor desktop (An old AMD Duron 1 Ghz. CPU with only 512 MB of RAM that's on Windows XP Home Edition, which I got back in 2001).



    The desktop has a bulky monitor hooked up to it (It's not even a flat screen!). What I'd LOVE to do is GET RID of the desktop monitor completely in lieu of Remote Desktop Connection on the laptop. This way, I can still perform necessary functions that require my attendance at the desktop without actually HAVING A DESKTOP MONITOR to see by.



    Is everyone still with me? Have I lost anyone?



    I have managed to set up file sharing & can access a few select programs which I have to leave on the desktop because they won't run on the laptop directly due to compatibility issues BUT I can't access Program Files on the desktop via Windows Explorer on the laptop when needed (It says I need administrator privleges EVEN THOUGH I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR. Everything else I have on the laptop itself.



    To top it all off, that bulky monitor takes up the necessary space on the desk needed to put the laptop on the desk as opposed to the table I eat food off of that's across the room.



    If I can SOMEHOW get some help in gaining access to the desktop monitor (As in the one I physically see instead of the one Windows XP wants the world to see) using the RDC n the laptop, it'd be a BIG help!



    Many thanks in advance! :D



    Cheers :)
     
    Pat Cook, Sep 12, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    As you've discovered, XP Home Edition doesn't allow sharing the
    Program Files folder over a network. You can share individual folders
    within Program Files, though.

    Also, you can't access an XP Home Edition computer via Remote Desktop.
    A good alternative is TightVNC, from http://www.tightvnc.com .
    Configure the XP computer as a VNC server and run it as a service, so
    that it starts automatically when the computer starts.
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    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Desktop Experience)

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
     
    Guest, Sep 12, 2009
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  3. Pat Cook

    Guest Guest

    Look at Windows Live Mesh. I think it will do what you want.

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    Guest, Sep 12, 2009
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    It doesn't look like it'll connect more than one computer.



    Besides, I'm trying to avoid using any more Microsoft software than is absolutely necessary. One less piece of software to keep updated because the Microsoft techies can't seem to put a muzzle on Microsoft's PR people because they always disclose more than they're supposed to in each update if you know what I mean :crazy: :laugh:



    I did download TightVNC though & will install it either tonight or (Hopefully!) tomorrow.



    Cheers :)
     
    Pat Cook, Sep 13, 2009
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