Connect to an XP machine using Remote Desktop

With Remote Desktop, you

can connect to your Windows XP machine from anywhere on your Local Area

Network (LAN). You can even set it up so that you can connect to the

machine over the Internet from anywhere in the world.

Prior to Windows XP, if you wanted this

kind functionality, you had to do some special configuring using Windows

Terminal Services.


this blog, I will show you how to configure the Remote Desktop Web

Connection and use Internet Explorer as a remote client to connect to

your XP machine.

Installing the Remote Desktop Web Connection


connect to your machine from a remote location, you must install the

Remote Desktop Web Connection on the Windows XP system you want to

access remotely. This feature is basically a component of XP’s Internet

Information Services (IIS).To install the necessary files for the Remote Desktop Web Connection, you will need to have access to your Windows XP CD.To Install IIS and the Remote Desktop Web Connection, follow these steps:
  1. From the Control Panel, click the Add/Remove Programs applet.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. Select Internet Information Services and click Details.
  4. Select World Wide Web Services from the Subcomponents of Internet Information Services and click Details.
  5. Select the Remote Desktop Web Connection check box and click OK.
  6. Click OK, then click Next to install and configure IIS and the Remote Desktop Web Connection.
  7. Click Finish when complete.

Configuring Remote Desktop


default, the Remote Web Connection files are installed to the

\\%systemroot%\Web\Tsweb directory of your Web server. Let’s verify

that the files were installed correctly and make sure that anonymous

access is selected:
  1. Open Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Internet Information Services.
  2. Expand Local Computer | Web Sites | Default Web Site and select Tsweb, as shown in Figure A.
  3. Right-click on Tsweb and click Properties.
  4. Click the Directory Security tab and choose Edit from Anonymous Access And Authentication Control.
  5. Check the Anonymous Access check box, as shown in Figure B, and then click OK twice.
Once you've properly configured the Remote Desktop Web Connection, it's time to configure this computer to use Remote Desktop:
  1. Go to Control Panel | System Properties and select the Remote tab to display the options shown in Figure C.
  2. Select Allow Users To Connect

    Remotely To This Computer. You will see a dialog box reminding you to

    set up permissions and open up the appropriate ports on your firewall.
  3. Click the Select Remote Users button to open the dialog box shown in Figure D.

    Here, you can give the appropriate user(s) access to Remote Desktop.

    Click Add | Advanced | Find Now to display all of your users. Select

    your users and click OK.
Note: All Administrators have access regardless of whether they are added to the list.

Connecting remotely

You're now ready to connect to your computer from another Windows machine running Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater.
  1. Open IE from any Windows machine on the same network.
  2. Go to http://computer_name /tsweb (or http://ip_address /tsweb), and you'll see the Remote Desktop Web Connection page, shown in Figure E.
  3. Type the computer name, choose your screen size/resolution, and click Connect.
  4. When

    you click the Connect button for the first time, you'll be prompted to

    install the Microsoft Terminal Services Control. Click Yes and then

    enter your logon information, as we've done in Figure F.
  5. Click OK to log on to the remote computer. You should now see a screen similar to Figure G.
Note: Remember that to connect to your XP system by computer name from a

remote location, you must be connected to your network via dial-up or

VPN. If your Windows XP machine has a static IP address, you can

connect to it over the Internet using the static IP as well. If you

don’t have a static IP address, you can connect with port forwarding

from the router or firewall in front of the XP machine, although

connecting via dial-up or VPN is much easier and more secure.

If you are connecting to the Windows XP

system from another XP system, you can simply go to Start | Programs |

Accessories | Communications | Remote Desktop Connection and enter the

name or IP address of the machine you want to connect to, as shown in Figure H.

If you want to use the above method from a

computer running Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, or 2000, insert the Windows XP

CD and wait until it loads. From the startup screen, click Perform

Additional Tasks and then click Set Up Remote Desktop Connection. Once

installation is complete, you can access the Remote Desktop Connection

client from Start | Programs | Accessories | Communications | Remote

Desktop Connection. You can also download from the Internet.


can now use either Internet Explorer or Windows XP’s Remote Desktop

Connection client to connect to any remote system that is configured as

a Remote Desktop host. With this functionality, you can connect to your

computer from various locations to access your applications, files,

contacts, etc. This feature provides solid functionality and good

performance. It’s definitely worth taking a look at Windows XP if you

think this feature can benefit employees who often need remote access

to their systems from different locations.


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Desktop built in, you just have to let it work by adding it. I would never add a free ware or share ware program that would do the same thing. It would compromise our network security and add an extra layer that I may not be able to scan. If I can not scan it then it could/will cause a problem latter. A secure network is one that knows what is going on at all times. No I will use windows programs to do what I need.

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