Remote Desktop Connection questions...

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Send_Derek, Apr 17, 2005.

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  1. Send_Derek

    Send_Derek Registered Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I'm a little new to this, so be nice. I have a few friends that I have been helping with their troubled computers. Well, I'm leaving soon and they want to be able to let me log on into and work on their computer while I'm a state away by taking control of their computer remotely.

    My question is, how?

    I briefly looked over the remote desktop connection that's build into windows XP, but I thought I read that it was only from a XP Pro computer that you can use it to log into a XP home (Not XP home to XP home).

    Is there another program that I might be able to use to do this? Maybe one that's easy to use?
  2. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Free and Easy: tightvnc
    It's lacking encryption, so it's not to be used in professional environments over the internet (the password is sent encrypted).
    Nice part: it's available on windows, linux and java.

    Alternative (also vnc based) tridiavnc, it seems to offer encryption, but I have no experience with it (edit: pro offers encryption, regular version no longer supported, Realvnc could be a better bet, the personal version offering encryption, the free one is without)

    Radmin is a commercial tool, as is Symantec pcanywhere.
    You could think about using Back Orifice, but most antivirus scanners think it is malware. I don't know if it offers encryption, but it's free and dangerous and opens cd trays

    (errr sorry, this last bit of advise is not meant to be taken very seriously ;))
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2005
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