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Chapter 18. Working Remotely > Controlling a Computer with Remote Desktop

Controlling a Computer with Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop lets you connect to a remote XP Pro computer and use it as though you were sitting in front of it. Much more than a simple direct-dial or VPN connection, Remote Desktop lets you control the remote PC’s full desktop, with its Start menu, taskbar, icons, documents, and programs. Programs run on the remote computer, and only the keyboard input, mouse input, and display output are transmitted over the connection. The remote computer is the PC that you want to control from afar. The local, or client, computer is the one that you’ll be sitting at, driving the remote PC. The requirements are:

Remote computer. An XP Pro PC with an internet or network connection, or a dial-up modem that’s configured to answer incoming calls automatically. If you’re connecting over the internet, a registered, static IP address is required (see the sidebar in the preceding section).

Local computer. A PC running any version of Windows since Windows 95 can control the remote PC. This PC must have access to the remote PC via a network, internet, VPN, or dial-up connection.


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