Controling other machines on my network

i have been messing around with my 2 pcs, they are connected throught a router to a broadband connection, my laptop is using a wireless pcmcia card and my desktop if just connected into the back of the router via an ethernet card and some RJ45 cable.

Desktop runs ME
Laptop runs XPpro

my question is, is there a way that i can control the operations of one machine via the other??? i.e. can i restart/shutdown my desktop from my laptop or vice versa? or run applications or stop application?

i assume there is a program out there to do this for me, however i havn't fond one! the only one i could find was called go2mypc i think, and it didn't do this... unless i was doing something wrong.

thank you

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try vnc or tightvnc (both free)
tightvnc (updated, still free)

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pec2000ukAuthor Commented:
the tightnvc one was cool, but didn't really do everything i wanted it to do, however not having to go from one room to the other to shut my desktop down is really handy! :)


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