I don't normal use RDP because its to complex for me to figure out but i would eventually use RDP.
The Computer thinks or created links by RDP through your windows 7
The G:\ is your external drive on your dell
You created a link to that file not copy it through RDP. Its thinking that you have a Network Drive that isn't there so It created a lnk to that file so that file is still on your External Drive So It produces a error. I have the file lnk but I cant open it. It confused on where it is.
What I do is I have Work Group setup and Team Viewer for remote Terminal if I don't want to walk 5 feet.
To Use Work groups
Go to your My computer properties
Computer Name tab
Click Change where it said Work group
Make sure u have thee same name when you do this
OLD Dell= Home
Windows 7 = Home
when you apply these changes the computer will ask you to restart Once you have the computer restarted They will appear under Network by Computer Names
You have to grant access to your computer by providing log in data
This allows you see the file system not the graphical screen
so the dekstop will be
C:\Documents and Setting\youruser name\Desktop Windows XP
C:\Users\youruser name\desktop\Windows 7
Option 2 (GUI)
Teamviewer or Log Me in
Question is your External Drive moveable to the Windows 7 computer or did you install Windows XP on it
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