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KMorgan
2010-01-08, 02:00
Hi

My main computer is running Vista Home Premium, and I'm considering using an old XP computer as an independent Squeezebox server tucked out of the way. I'll want to administer this from the main PC. Please recommend a free remote desktop application that I can use.

Thanks

Keith

Siduhe
2010-01-08, 02:19
LogmeIn free works well on Windows.

KMorgan
2010-01-08, 02:54
Thanks for that. Best to get a recommendation rather than guess. :-)

Keith

ltb76
2010-01-08, 03:25
I can recommend TeamViewer

KMorgan
2010-01-08, 03:33
Tks, another one to look at.

Keith

Aurumer
2010-01-08, 03:39
Try VNC

carp
2010-01-08, 03:54
Are both computers on the same network (i.e. your LAN at home)? Then LogmeIn and Teamviewer both seem oversized to me as their main purpose is to remote administer computers over the internet.

Have a look at one of the many VNC variants like UltraVNC (http://www.uvnc.com/) or TightVNC (http://www.tightvnc.com/). Actually, Windows XP (at least Professional) has a remote host function built-in, but you have to activate it first (see Get started using Remote Desktop with Windows XP Professional (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsXp/using/mobility/getstarted/Remoteintro.mspx)).

dave77
2010-01-08, 04:58
Can't you just use RDC (Remote Desktop Connection), it comes with Vista. All you should need to do is enable the XP box to allow RDC connections

Siduhe
2010-01-08, 05:04
Are both computers on the same network (i.e. your LAN at home)? Then LogmeIn and Teamviewer both seem oversized to me as their main purpose is to remote administer computers over the internet.


VNC will certainly do the job very well, but LogMeIn is a bit more straightforward to set up and work with if you're not that techy, IMHO. Also, the ability to log in over the internet can come in very handy if you ever receive a phone call from home saying "the bl***y Squeezebox isn't working" whilst at work.... ;-)

KMorgan
2010-01-08, 05:47
Can't you just use RDC (Remote Desktop Connection), it comes with Vista. All you should need to do is enable the XP box to allow RDC connections

Didn't know about that, I'll have a look. Thanks.

Starting from scratch, not a techie, but usually manage OK once pointed in the right direction.

Keep it coming please

Keith

Oops, found this with regard to Vista inbuilt RDC, "You cannot use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to computers running Windows XP Home Edition". That's what the other computer is running so it looks like a 3rd party solution will be required. Oh, and yes both computers will be on the same wired home network.

fphredd
2010-01-08, 06:46
LogmeIn free works well on Windows.

+1. Installed this for someone not tech savvy enough to post to this forum, and she has no problem with using LogMeIn...

Aurumer
2010-01-08, 06:55
Windows Remote Desktop is the easiest way. But I think it is not included in Vista home but only in the Business/Professional versions.

gorman
2010-01-08, 07:00
Didn't know about that, I'll have a look. Thanks.

Starting from scratch, not a techie, but usually manage OK once pointed in the right direction.

Keep it coming please

Keith

Oops, found this with regard to Vista inbuilt RDC, "You cannot use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to computers running Windows XP Home Edition". That's what the other computer is running so it looks like a 3rd party solution will be required. Oh, and yes both computers will be on the same wired home network.LogMeIn works well and has the added advantage of allowing you to control the machine from pretty much anywhere in the world. There's a FireFox plugin to streamline its use.

KMorgan
2010-01-08, 07:48
OK

quite a few votes for LogMeIn, so I'll give that a whirl. Thanks for the help.

Keith

MrSinatra
2010-01-09, 07:34
i use both logmein and windows remote desktop. my advice would be to use remote desktop for your LAN, and logmein for over the net. however, rd works over the net too.

jimbo45
2010-01-09, 07:42
Hi there
RDP will be fine on the old XP computer note however it must be XP PRO.

XP HOME doesn't have RDP as a "Server" but only as a Client -- although if you look around the web there are some "work arounds" for XP HOME.

I don't recommend logmein -- as you are then dependent on yet another outside system for access to your machines - and some workplaces are now stoppling access to these types of services as it bypasses their Internet Content and security policies.

RDP "Server" part doesn't work for VISTA or Windows 7 Home Premium editions.

Cheers
jimbo

MrSinatra
2010-01-09, 07:54
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_desktop

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Services

mikeadams
2013-02-01, 02:06
Quality remote support services can never be free though. However, you can try using gosupportnow remote access service. It is easy to use and costs only $19.95 / month.