Remote Desktop

Old 10-25-20, 10:44 AM
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Remote Desktop

Is there an easy and free way to connect to my fathers desktop remotely? We both run PCs.

Old 11-04-20, 07:56 AM
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I've been using TightVNC for donkey's years to remotely control one PC from another because it's a mature product (been available since 2001), cross-platform (lets me control Windows from Linux, or vice-versa), easy to install and use, and it's free.
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Old 10-25-20, 10:57 AM
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Windows 10, 8, 7 95 have "remote desktop" as a MS App and as a program.
REMEMBER TO DISABLE IT when you're done.
If possible, put in a STRONG password.
Old 10-25-20, 04:46 PM
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One small clarification regarding Windows Remote Desktop Connection. It is only available in Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows, not in Home editions. I would suggest that you might want to look into TeamViewer or AnyDesk. Both are free to use for non-commercial use. They have the advantage (in my opinion) of the remote user being able to see what the person controlling their computer is doing. With Windows Remote Desktop, the computer being controlled has a black screen.
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If you use Chrome as a web browser, there's an extension for Chrome Remote Desktop that will do what you want.

It's not as fully-featured as TeamViewer or some of the larger applications, but it's free and easy to install.

Another popular tool is VNC. Very feature-rich, but may require a bit more technical expertise to use.

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