In order to use Remote Desktop to connect to your home computer
remotely, it must first be enabled. Right click on 'my computer' then select
the 'remote' tab, and check the box entitled 'allow computers to
connect remotely to this computer.'
Note: please ensure that all of your user accounts
are using proper passwords before you enable this option, otherwise anyone with
internet access and a Windows system can theoretically access and control your
'select remote users' button, you can select user accounts that have access to
the computer remotely. All members of the administrators group (that is, the
built in 'administrator' account and any users who were added to during the
install process) are allowed remote access automatically.
Now you can install Remote
Desktop Web Connection if you wish. This allows client computers to access the
remote desktop through Internet explorer, eliminating the need to download and
install the (freely available from Microsoft) Remote desktop client program.
Insert the Windows XP Professional CD and select 'install additional windows
components. Highlight 'internet information services (IIS)' and click 'details.'
Highlight 'world wide web services' and click 'details.'
Now put a check beside 'Remote desktop web
connection,' hit 'ok' twice and then 'next' to install.
Now to connect to the remote
desktop from any client computer with Internet Explorer 4 or better installed,
simply type 'https://(ip address of your home computer)/tsweb' to bring up the
web connect dialog screen.
The main advantage of using the remote desktop
web connect feature, besides not having to download extra software to access your machine, is that
Copy and Paste functions (only within files, not for copying and pasting files themselves)
between the remote computer and the client are enabled for any OS.
means that you can transfer word documents, etc. between the two computers by copying
the contents and then pasting it into a new document on the client
computer. Other advanced functions listed
above, such as file copying and printing which are enabled by using a Windows XP
client are not available using the web connection, even if the client
machine is running Windows XP. You need to use the remote desktop connection
software included in Windows XP to access these features, not the web
To sum up, using the Remote Desktop web connect
feature is the best way to go unless the client computer(s) you plan to use are
Windows XP systems, in which case using the built in client is a better option.
Again, as in VNC, you can substitute local computer names or URLs for the IP
address when attempting to connect to the remote desktop service.