This is my first post to this forum. I was hoping the community here could help me troubleshoot a solution for what I am trying to accomplish. I have an old Dell Optiplex running Windows XP. I'm using this machine to convert videos for iTunes using Handbrake, since I don't want to tie up my day-to-day machines with the converting procecss. I'm also trying to save the hardware of those machines as I have a large number of videos to convert.
I am hoping to find a way to access the Win XP desktop from my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop. I don't have room on my desk for a docked laptop to be hooked up to a KVM with monitors and a keyboard. Ideally, I would like to have a shortcut on my laptop that would allow me to connect into my desktop. My initial thought was to use RDP, but I'm not sure if having the Windows XP desktop on the network would be a security problem. I had read online that a cross-over cable may do what I need, but am just looking for some confirmation of that or for any other suggestions or advice.
I sincerely appreciate your help and time. Thank you so much!