How To Set Up a Remote Desktop with Windows Vista

The remote desktop function is an invaluable tool if you want to access files from one computer while you’re online. This cuts the time of setting up network cables and use different relatively complicated configurations just to jump the divide between two computers.

Fortunately, with Windows Vista this process has become more convenient to do. Most people who are in the computer industry would have more than one computer so it becomes very important to be able to instantly and easily transfer and modify files at the fastest possible time.

Here’s how you set up a remote desktop with Windows Vista:

  1. Before doing anything, make sure that you’re not running the Starter or the Home Editions of Vista. These two versions don’t carry the remote desktop function and would not allow you to do anything related to setting up a remote desktop. You need to upgrade to the more advanced versions to be able to proceed.
  2. Go to the configurations menu. Right click the tab for computer and select “properties”.
  3. This would create a new set of tabs on the left side of the screen. Click on the tab that says “Remote Settings”.
  4. Turn it on by clicking the check box for “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer”. This check box is left unchecked for default.
  5. Choose “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)”.
  6. Connect the computer to the remote desktop by clicking the bottom radio button. Your firewall rules as well as the safety standards of your machine will be taken care of by your Window Operating System so there’s no need to fuss over them.
  7. This procedure also works for Windows 7. Just do the same steps and the results should be the same.

Once you get the hang out of doing this type of process, the possibilities are endless. If you have your own office and your computer there is always plugged in, it would be also easier for you to get the files you need during the times that you need them! This should be a great alternative to driving all the way to the office just to get a small file from your desktop. With the ability to create remote desktops, you can add as many computers to your network thereby allowing you to monitor the activity in the computers in your general sphere of influence.

If you’re an employee though and you want to use this technique, ask clearance first from your superior. It may be a breach of company policy so have that cleared up. Just set it up with the correct configurations and you’ll be synchronizing and networking your work, personal and office desktops in no time. Make sure that you prevent any other systems from infiltrating your network to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of your business records.


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