TUCOWS ARTICLE

Set Up Remote Desktop

If you have Windows XP you may have a feature that you either don't know about or that you don't understand. I've received a lot of questionsasking how to set up a computer to utilize the Remote Desktopfeature of Windows XP.
Published: Oct 17, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan

This question submitted by Tina Williamson, Donna Johnson, Fred Clausch, Albert Giovanni, and numerous others

If you have Windows XP you may have a feature that you either don't knowabout or that you don't understand. I've received a lot of questionsasking how to set up a computer to utilize the Remote Desktopfeature of Windows XP.

The first thing you'll need to do is set up your computer to be a host. A "host" is a computer that "client" (remote) computersconnect to. Under Windows XP you'll need to have administratorprivileges in order to make this change. To get to where you want to go,click:

Start - Settings - Control Panel - System

When you double-click on the System icon you'll see that it has multipletabs. click on the tab labeled Remote. There you'll see a checkbox that says:

Allow users to connect remotely to this computer

Check that box and you're on your way. Next, you'll need to define who can connect. You'll see a button labeled Select Remote Users. Remote user names can consist of a range of acceptable parameters.For example you could use all of these:

  • Michael Callahan - a display name
  • \Workgroup\User29 - a domain name and object name
  • Penelope - a user name
  • Computer59 - an object name

Once you've set who can access remotely you're just about done. Click"OK". Make sure you leave the computer on or you'll have a rudeshock when you try to connect from a remote location. While still inControl Panel take a look at the Security Center. Under Windows Firewallmake sure that the check box about not allowing exceptions is not checked. If you don't allow exception you won't be able toconnect. You should now be able to access your computer from a remotelocation.

Next week we'll talk about how to connect to the "host" computer from aremote computer. I hope you've found this article to be helpful.

Click here to read the companion article on Setting Up Remote Desktop Client

I'd like to thank Tina Williamson, Donna Johnson, Fred Clausch,Albert Giovanni and numerous others for asking thisquestion.

If you have a question on how to do something on the computer you cansubmit it via email by clicking HERE. You willnot receive a reply, but all topics will be considered.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

Digg This
Please login to add your comment
Leave A Comment
Name: