XP Professional version must be installed on the host computer. The
"host" is the computer that will access another computer also known as a
"client" or "remote" system.
The remote system must be running Windows 95 or later. This system must
have the Remote Desktop Connection software installed (available on the
Windows XP Pro and Home CDs).
Both the Host and the client must have a VPN (virtual private network)
connection. If a VPN connection is not available, then the IP address of
the host computer will be used instead of the computer name.
<>Setup The Host Computer:
1. Be sure that you are logged in as Administrator or that you have
2. Go to Start>> Control Panel>> System
3. Click the Remote tab
4. Place a checkmark in the "Allow users to connect remotely to this
computer" check box.
5. Click OK.
The host computer is now ready for a remote session.
<>Setup The Client Computer:
If you haven't already done so, please install the Remote Desktop
Connection software. If the client system is running either XP Home or
Professional editions, it will already be installed by default. To
install this software:
1. Insert the Windows XP CD in to your CD-ROM drive.
2. Once the "Welcome" page appears, select "Perform additional tasks".
3. Select "Setup Remote Desktop Connection".
4. The Installation Wizard will now start. Follow the onscreen
5. Once you are finished with the installation, you are now ready for a
Remote Desktop session.
<>Create The Remote Desktop Connection:
Assuming that the software on the client system is installed correctly
and the Host computer is configured correctly, here is how to connect
the two together to create a Remote Desktop session:
1. On the Client computer, go to Start>> Programs or All Programs>>
Accessories>> Communications>> Remote Desktop Connection.
2. In the "Computer" textbox, type the name of the Host system or if you
are not on a VPN connection, you will need to insert the Host computer's
IP address here.
Note: At this time, if you would like to change the connection settings
screen size, automatic logon information or performance options, click
the "Options" button.
3. Click "Connect"
4. The "Log On to Windows" dialog box will now appear. Type your user
name and password, then click OK.
5. The Remote Desktop window should now open. You should now be able to
view the desktop settings, files, and programs that are on the Host
<>Logoff and End The Session:
In the Remote Desktop Connection windows, go to Start>> Logoff. Once the
Logoff window appears, click the Logoff button.