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					How to use remote Desktop Access in
Windows XP
Windows XP Professional allows to connect via TCP/IP from other systems to your XP
Professional system , operating the Windows XP system remotely :




Example #1: you are at home and need to work with some data on your Windows XP
Prof.
system at work, you establish a connection (for example via modem) , then all keyboard
and
mouse input from your system at home is transferred to your Windows XP Prof system,
where
this input is executed (for example to run programs), all information, which would be
shown on
the screen of the Windows XP Prof system, is send back for display to the system, where
you
are working on (using the keyboard and mouse).

Example #2 : You have a problem on your Windows XP Prof system and ask help from
the
Help-desk in your office, which is then able to connect to your system to check out and
(hopefully) fix your problem.

Such Remote Desktop connections can be made via a LAN , WAN or modem
connection.



Setup of Remote Desktop Access on Windows XP Prof :
In the Control-Panel,
select the
System icon:




(or right-click "My
Computer" on the
desktop
and select Properties)

Select the tab : Remote

( Remote Assistance is
available for
both XP Home and XP
Professional)

Remote Desktop is
NOT available
for Windows XP Home
Edition.

By default, "Remote
Desktop"
is not activated.

Note: you need to be a
user with
Administrative rights to
activate
Remote Desktop !

Place the checkmark to
activate,
to allow users to
connect remotely
to this computer.
You will get a warning
message concerning
the configuration of
Internet Connection
sharing and/or a
personal firewall,
which
must be configured to
allow such Remote
Desktop connections.




You need to "Select
Remote Users..":
the users, which will be
allowed to use
Remote Desktop access
to connect to
your system.
                                                              Any users with
                                                              Administrator
                                                              permission
                                                              will have automatically
                                                              access permissions,
                                                              other users will have to
                                                              be added.




                                                              Note : while you or
                                                              somebody else
                                                              is connecting via
                                                              Remote Desktop,
                                                              you can NOT use the
                                                              system :
                                                              The screen will display
                                                              this message,
                                                              advising that the system
                                                              is in use.




Connecting from a Remote System :

You can use any 32-bit version of Windows to install / run the Client s/w for Remote
Desktop :
Windows95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 (The Remote Desktop Client s/w is installed by default
already
on Windows XP Home and Windows XP Prof).
To install
the Remote
Desktop
Client s/w,
insert your
Windows
XP
CD-ROM
on the
Client PC.

Do NOT
select to
install
Windows
XP,
Select to
"Perform
additional
tasks"




Select to
"Set up
Remote
Desktop
Connection
"
                                                                           Just run the
                                                                           rest of this
                                                                           setup.




Once the Remote Desktop Client s/w is installed, you can access it via the Windows
Start-menu under Accessories / Communications :




                                                              Enter the name or IP-
                                                              address of the
                                                              Windows XP Prof
                                                              system, to which
                                                              you like to connect.
                                                              You should look at the
                                                              "Options >>"
                                                              to adjust / optimize your
                                                              Remote Desktop
                                                              connection.
Tab : General
You can enter here
already the
Username and password,
to be used
to connect to the
Windows XP Prof.
system.
To be able to re-use this
information
on later connections, you
can save
this configuration values
and reuse them
via Open.
tab : Display

If you are connection via
a high-speed
LAN network, you will
not bother about
this, but when
connecting via a modem,
you can optimize the
connection and get
a faster response-time by
selecting a
smaller Remote Desktop
size and a
lower Color resolution.
tab : Local Resources

You can configure the
transfer of Sound
alerts and which of your
local devices
(from the remote system,
where you are
right now working on)
will be accessible
during your Remote
Desktop session.
More details will follow
below.
                                                               tab : Experience

                                                               To help the Remote
                                                               Desktop s/w to
                                                               optimize the connection,
                                                               select the
                                                               speed of your
                                                               connection.

                                                               You should also de-
                                                               select all "fancy"
                                                               features , like :
                                                               Wallpaper and any
                                                               animation, because they
                                                               will only use
                                                               transmission time.




Once the connection is properly configured, you are ready to Connect :
                                                            You may get this
                                                            warning about the
                                                            access from the Remote
                                                            computer to
                                                            your local devices.




                                                            You will need to logon
                                                            to
                                                            your Windows XP-
                                                            system.




And then you have control over the desktop of the Windows XP Prof. system.
To come back to the "access to Local devices" : open via Remote Desktop the
Windows Explorer : It will show the drives for BOTH the Windows XP and the remote
system :
You will see the same in "My Computer".

A note of warning : yes, you can access now the disks on both the Windows XP and the
remote
system, but when transferring data (for example via drag-and-drop file-copy in Windows
Explorer),
you are limited in the bandwidth of your connection, for example if you connect via
modem, you
will only have the bandwidth of the modem speed, so be carefully on trying to copy large
files, you
may have to wait a long time.
Once you are finished with your job, select the
Windows Start-menu to "Disconnect", which will
terminate the Remote Desktop session.

Note : Have a closer look at this menu :
The system identifies itself as "Windows Terminal Server",
which is the technology used by Microsoft to implement
the Remote Desktop access.

				
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