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Accessing MAC Maverick using Windows Laptop

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I would like to remote desktop to my MAC Maverick OS X 10.9.2 from my Windows 7 laptop. I tried using putty with SSH to connect to my MAC and entered the IP address of my computer, but I am getting a message stating that it cannot make a connection. I have enabled remote login on my MAC.
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When you allowed remote login, did you allow access for all users?

Have you tried pinging the IP address to make sure you can reach the IP address?
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I didn't allow for all users, but I did allow it for myself.

I tried pinging it just now and I did get a response.
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I switched it to allow "all users" but when I tried to SSH just now, I get the message, "Access denied" when I tried to login.
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That suggest that you may have typed in an incorrect password or account name.  Did you correctly type in the short user account name?

In putty, you can use NAME@IP_ADDRESS for the login.  If you just use the IP address, it should open up a terminal that prompts you for your account name, then your password.
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That's what happened, a terminal window appeared and I entered my login first followed by my password. But after I entered my password, I obtained a message saying, "Access denied".
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Again that suggests that you've typed an incorrect account name or an incorrect password or both.  Did you use the short login name?  

If you open a Terminal.app on OSX, can you ssh to your account?  You can find Terminal.app in /Applications/Utilities/

When you've opened Terminal.app, run the following on the command line.

ssh NAME@IP_ADDRESS

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ssh NAME@localhost

It should prompt you for a password.  If you're failing there, then you've entered an incorrect username or password to log in.
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I still couldn't get it to work. Finally, I used Cisco Team Viewer and was able to log in that way.
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It made the connection, but wouldn't let me log in. Anyway, I appreciate your help.
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