Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Using Remote Desktop On Windows Home Editions

Earlier, I was trying to make my Vista Home Premium wireless laptop to be accessed from a remote Windows 7 Home Premium desktop PC.  I have them networked and just need the laptop to be remote. I've been doing some research and found that it may not be possible with the premium home edition.

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Home Premium can remote-connect to another computer, but it cannot be connected from another computer by default.  However, there are ways to do so without upgrading to a higher version of Windows.

The easiest may be to use Windows Live Mesh, which lets you sync files or remote-desktop to any computer where you've installed the tool.  The tool only has to be installed on the computer you want to connect to.  For example, if you go to a friends' house, you could connect to your computer computer without installing this program on her computer.

Once it's on a computer, you can connect to that computer from anywhere in the world on any other computer.  In other words, it only needs to be installed on the computer that you want to connect to from somewhere else. For example, to get to your desktop from your laptop, it needs to only be on the desktop.

Here are some of the features of Windows Live Mesh:

Access the stuff on your computers from almost anywhere

With Windows Live Mesh and the Devices website, you can finally stop emailing files to yourself, carrying them around on a USB drive, or worrying whether the version you have with you is the latest.

Sync between computers

Keep up-to-date copies of documents, photos, and other files on all of your computers, whether PC or Mac. Even if your computer is offline, you can still view and work on the files you need.

Get Windows Live Mesh for Mac (available in English only).

Sync on SkyDrive

By syncing folders on the 5 GB of free synced storage space you get with SkyDrive, you can work with up-to-date copies of files on the web from any computer.

Go to SkyDrive synced storage

Sync program settings

Keep your favorites in Internet Explorer and your Microsoft Office settings up to date on all of your PCs.

Connect remotely

Work on your PC from another location, similar to using Remote Desktop Connection in Windows. Run programs and browse all the files on your PC from anywhere.

Go to the Devices website to see the PCs you can connect to

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