I need to remotely access an XP Home PC

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hi there.

Im in the office on a windows 2000 pro PC.

I have a friend with pc problems and would like to remotely access their machine which is XP Home

Is there a quick temporary way of doing this?



Question by:auraorange
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    Expert Comment

    by:Pete Long
    REMOTE Assistance is your best bet

    If your using Windows XP consider "Remote assistance"
    If you need to connect to XP using OLDER operating systems look here

    Remote Control

    To Remote Control another PC/Server over a network you need some dedicated software
    The most popular (because its free) is VNC (Virtual Network Computing) you can download it here or Consider

    RemoteControl from DataSet
    HueyPC From GID Software
    Commercial Software
    PC Anywhere
    NetOP From CrossTec
    RADMIN from Sunbelt (cheap on small networks)

    NOTE: If you intend to remotely control a Windows 2000 server use Terminal Services (add it as a
    windows component and select remote ADMINISTRATION MODE) This gives you up to 2 concurrent connections
    On your client install adminpak.msi from the W2K server disk. This RARELY works for Win XP, to fix  
    download this patch.

    Windows XP only supports one Remote connection by default- though you can "bend it" to accept two!
    8428 » How can I enable two Remote Desktop connections to Windows XP SP2?

    Windows Netmeeting supports "remote desktop sharing"

    Bear in mind if you need to go through a router at home, you will need to enable port forwarding.
    Or If you are going through a firewall you may need to open some ports, see the product documentation
    for more details.

    I've trialed A LOT of remote control software and to be honest this beats everything, you don't need
    to install anything on the "Target" PC (if its 2K or XP)
    Mini Remote Control

    ADD Right click remote control to Active directory users and computers snap-in

    Of course if you lucky enough to have Novell you can use ZenWorks for Desktops as well!
    LVL 16

    Accepted Solution

    Logmein is another great free peice of software. This will even get behind firewalls so you would not have to do any kind of port forwarding.

    LogMeIn Free lets you get on your computer without physically being there.

    With access to your PC from anywhere, you can go wherever, whenever:

    » Open remote files            » Access from any browser
    » Check your email            » Access from wireless Pocket PC
    » Run programs             » Easy-to-use interface
    » Run system diagnostics  » 100% FREE to use!

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    Author Comment

    Thanks for all the feedback guys.

    Although are not free or the cheapest, the whole program and setup is so simple and does exactly what I want, I was able to have a weeks holiday knowing the data was syncronised with my home pc!



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