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So, how do I keep going over to my laptop, from one computer to another? It's really a cool little thing. It's called Remote Desktop. And it ships right with Windows. We are going to go to the Start menu and type remote, there it is, Remote Desktop connection. What it allows me to do is take over another computer somewhere on my network. And I need to know either the name of that computer, if Network Discovery is on, or I need to know the IP address of that computer. Either one will work. In Options here, I just want to show you the kinds of things that are going on.
I can, when I login to Ernie-- It's going to ask me for my name and password. I can set what I see on this screen. It could run Full-Screen Mode or I could make it a smaller window. And it would actually resize the window of the screen for Ernie. Everything will fit full-screen. It would be 800x600 pixels. So, it would be like a little window on my window. This is the size of the screen. It's kind our virtual monitor. Full-Screen means it's going to take up the whole monitor of the computer I'm controlling from. You can think of this as a remote control.
Sounds will come to the computer. If I do Alt+Tab, it's going to work on the other computer and so forth and so on. I can set programs. This one is kind of important. It sets how much stuff, how much information is coming across the network. If I am just controlling on my local network, then I want everything checked, because I will get a great-looking screen. If I was going over the Internet, I might want to disable some of these options here like the Desktop background and font smoothing, just because it will improve performance, my remote control will be faster and more responsive.
And then this is something actually if you have used remote desktop before, new to Windows Vista, in case you can see it, if you take over an XP machine or an earlier machine that has remote desktop, you are going to get a little warning saying, Do you want to proceed, Yes or No? Because there is a more secure version of remote desktop now running with Vista. This one is a Vista to Vista machine. So, it's not really a problem. I am going to go ahead and hit Connect. There it found Ernie, enter my password, we will wait a moment.
And now we are taking over the screen on Ernie. And if someone was sitting in front of Ernie, they would actually see a sort of locked screen. They can't see what is going on here. Now, I can control this computer, everything I do is happening on that machine. It's using the processing power of that machine. That little piece we saw at the top, this would allow me to minimize the remote desktop. And you have seen that happen a couple times. I can also just reduce it and have one computer, one remote desktop, running on the other.
Now, if I had made the screen say 800 x 600 pixels this would be full-screen. You would see my Taskbar across the bottom. You would see everything that was on the Desktop in this area. So, it depends on what you want to use it for. When I go Full Screen, I also have an option of this pin button. Now, it will show me at the top of the screen, "you are on Ernie," all the time I am working. That can be handy because sometimes especially over a local network where there is no lag, you forget that you are on a different computer. And you get confused. Where am I right now? So, just a handy thing to have.
When you are done, all you have to do is exit out. You will get a warning. Do you want to disconnect? Yes, I do. And you are done. You can also from the remote computer, there is the option of logging back in. If you do, it will kick off the user on the computer that it was controlling from. So, we would see if somebody sat down at Ernie and kicked me off, I would see on the screen 'you have been disconnected' and a little OK and I would be back where I have started. Remote Desktop. It's also available by the way for the Macintosh for free to control a Windows machine on the same network.
So, it can be a handy trick there.
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