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Remote Desktop Compatibility Issues

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#1 black069


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Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:38 AM


I have been reading for some time now to try to figure out a way to configure and run Remote Desktop (which I have never used at all) such that I can remotely run programs, etc. on my home desktop computer from my mobile computer (i.e., my laptop).

I have Windows XP PRO SP3 as the OS on my laptop. Thus, everything is good on its end.

However, my desktop has Windows XP HOME SP3. So I think therein lies the problem.

By my reading, a computer whose OS is XP HOME cannot be on the receiving end of Remote Desktop.

When I speak of "Remote Desktop" here, I am referring to the Windows application that is accessed via right-clicking My Computer, selecting Properties, and then selecting the Remote tab to configure.

As a recently ordained intermediate user, I have tried to read about applications like UltraVNC and others, but I get bogged down in the details and am unable to determine if my desired task is possible using such a program, especially free programs, with these 2 computers.

I know that applications like ShowMyPC.com, which I have used on occasion to help my mother fix her computer, allow one user to remotely run apps on a second computer, but the 2nd computer must have a user there to give the first user a passcode. Thus, such programs would be examples of REMOTE ASSISTANCE as opposed to REMOTE DESKTOP.

I wanted to also mention that my laptop is wirelessly connected to my LAN network (to my high-speed cable modem) via a Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router WPN824v2. I have read that it might be possible to perform Remote Desktop-type application by configuring the wireless router settings. And when I look in my Router Manager, there is a link in the Advanced section called "Remote Management", but the settings are a bit over my level of expertise. In addition, I am not convinced that this Remote Management is not simply a method to change the router settings remotely (i.e., using a laptop).

I would greatly appreciate any help figuring this out, as I've given it my best shot and have come up empty-handed and frustrated.

See computer specs of the 2 computers below. And please feel free to ask if you need more info.



Computer Specs:

Desktop Computer
Dell Dimension 4550
Intel Pentium 4 CPU
Windows XP HOME SP3
Fully patched.
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 TX 128MB RAM

Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster Live! (WDM) Series
Network Card: Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Antivirus: AVG 9 Free

Other Security Programs: SAS, MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Windows MVPs HOSTS File

Firewall: Windows XP

Laptop Computer

Dell Precision M6300 Workstation

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU


Windows XP PRO SP3

Fully patched.

Video card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M 512MB

Sound card: Sigmatel High Definition Audio CODEC

Network card: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

Antivirus: AVG 9 Free

Other Security Programs: SAS, MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Windows MVPs HOSTS File
Firewall: Windows XP

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