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I just set up my back-up rig and was planning on using remote desktop to monitor the PC. I use it at work to connect to a PC in Italy for orders and such. What do I need to do to set it up? I know I can use it with XP, but will I still be able to use it with Vista when I get it? (1 PC running XP, 1 running Vista) Also, is there a danger of someone hacking it?
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You will be able to Remote into either computer, just do a google search on "Remote Desktop Connections".
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You need vista home business or home ultimate to use RDC. Home basic and home premium don't have it.

I'm assuming the computer you want to connect to is going to be at home. Here's how you set it up:

1. ENABLE remote desktop in windows (should be right-click My Computer, go to remote, enable RDC).
2. In that tab, enable the account for which you would like to connect remotely (say your username on that computer is "Jimmy;" choose to allow Jimmy to do remote desktop connections).
3. In windows' firewall, enable remote desktop connection.
4. Determine your subnet IP address (192.168.1.xxx). You should be able to do this by going to the command prompt and typing "ipconfig /all"
5. In your router (assuming you're using one), go to port forwarding. Make a label for the line (remote desktop or something), choose to forward port 3389 (TCP only), then where it asks for IP address, type the IP address you found in step 4 (192.168.1.xxx).
6. Determine your external (WAN) IP address. You can do this by going to http://whatismyip.com/
7. Now that you have everything set up, you may connect to your computer by typing in this IP address (the one from step 6) to the remote desktop client. You will log in with the username Jimmy and his password.

I do this all the time from school, so if you have a problem let me know.

There is always some risk that it can be hacked, but someone is going to have to actually try to do it. Even if they get your IP address, they're still going to have to know the login information, and I suppose that's what they would aim to attack if they really wanted to hack you. I've never had a problem, though.
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Also, XP Home doesn't have it. However, you can connect to XP Home, Vista Home Basic and Premium from XP Pro, Vista Business, or Ultimate.
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Thanks guys. I was playing around with it (have XP Pro on both PC's atm. will be getting Vista Ultimate) I can connect fine. I want to access the 2nd PC without having a monitor hooked up. The problem I am running into now is that when I remove the admin password for XP, it won't let me log on. I get "Unable to log you on due to an account restriction" If I enable an XP password on the 2nd PC, I can't start it up without a monitor.

I need to be able to use the 2nd PC without a monitor and access it with RD. I seem to have a catch 22 here.
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Thanks guys. I was playing around with it (have XP Pro on both PC's atm. will be getting Vista Ultimate) I can connect fine. I want to access the 2nd PC without having a monitor hooked up. The problem I am running into now is that when I remove the admin password for XP, it won't let me log on. I get "Unable to log you on due to an account restriction" If I enable an XP password on the 2nd PC, I can't start it up without a monitor.

I need to be able to use the 2nd PC without a monitor and access it with RD. I seem to have a catch 22 here.
That's because XP defaults to not letting it be accessed from the Internet without a password. To get around this type "gpedit.msc" in the Run box and disable "Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only" under Local Policies.
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Excellent. Thanks you much
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Also, XP Home doesn't have it. However, you can connect to XP Home, Vista Home Basic and Premium from XP Pro, Vista Business, or Ultimate.
Are you sure? I wasn't able to connect to my vista home basic via RDC. I don't remember there being a "RDC" section in the Remote tab, so there's nowhere to setup an account to use RDC.
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