Enabling Remote Desktop on Windows® XP Home Edition PC
Installing and Enabling Remote Desktop feature in Windows® XP Home Edition PC
Remote desktop is a very useful feature. Through this feature it is possible to access files of required computer from remote location via Internet. The remote access facility is helpful when you require some important files at office PC that are stored at your home computer. You can easily connect to your home PC from your office computer via remote desktop feature and Internet. It is also useful when IT technicians need to connect to your computer from remote location in order to fix certain technical issues or upgrade certain software.
Following points highlight the description of remote desktop feature in Windows® XP Home Edition:
- Installing Remote Desktop in Windows® XP Home Edition
- Enabling the Remote Desktop on Windows® XP Home Edition
- Tips to remember
Installing Remote Desktop in Windows® XP Home Edition
If you are using Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, the Remote Desktop feature is installed by default. However, if it is not installed you can use Windows® XP Home Edition Setup CD to install the remote desktop tool. Once you insert the CD, run it and select ‘Perform Additional Task’ from the list. Now, select ‘Setup Remote Desktop Connection’ and the remote access facility gets installed on your desktop.
Enabling the Remote Desktop on Windows® XP Home Edition
The installation of remote desktop tool gives the access for remotely connecting your computer. However, you need to ensure that the firewall is not blocking the remote connection. Hence, select ‘Windows® Firewall’ in the ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘Exceptions’ tab. Also, make sure that the ‘Remote Desktop’ checkbox is selected. Now, select ‘OK’ and exit from the dialogue box. In the ‘System’ section in ‘Control Panel’ select the ‘Remote’ tab and put a checkmark against ‘Allow users to connect remotely to this computer’ option. This enables remote desktop option.
To install and enable the remote desktop, you need to log in as an administrator and then use remote desktop feature on your Windows® XP Home Edition. Moreover, the computer needs to have an administrator account with a password. If the computer does not have an administrator account , the remote desktop connection will not work.