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Remote Desktop

From: Windows Vista Essential Training

Video: Remote Desktop

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.

Remote Desktop

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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Windows Vista Essential Training

77 video lessons · 19801 viewers

Jeff Van West
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  1. 27m 37s
    1. Welcome
      4m 42s
    2. Vista's top 10
      7m 1s
    3. Some Windows basics
      15m 54s
  2. 48m 56s
    1. Hardware assessment
      6m 49s
    2. Easy Transfer and the File Transfer wizard
      7m 14s
    3. Installing Windows Vista
      5m 50s
    4. Dealing with drivers
      14m 50s
    5. Running older software in Vista
      9m 59s
    6. Installing software in Vista
      4m 14s
  3. 2h 32m
    1. The Welcome Center
      5m 42s
    2. The Aero desktop
      15m 49s
    3. The new Start menu
      20m 32s
    4. The taskbar
      21m 26s
    5. Gadgets and Sidebar
      15m 55s
    6. The Recycle Bin
      8m 12s
    7. Tweaking visuals for speed and pleasure
      17m 48s
    8. Restoring old Windows items
      8m 15s
    9. Desktop power tips
      15m 59s
    10. Using voice recognition
      14m 38s
    11. Voice recognition options
      8m 26s
  4. 1h 32m
    1. Navigating folders in Vista
      15m 38s
    2. The user folder concept
      6m 25s
    3. Filtering, sorting, and grouping
      8m 14s
    4. Indexed searching
      14m 41s
    5. Setting folder preferences
      16m 7s
    6. Burning to CD/DVD
      13m 4s
    7. The Send To commands
      7m 44s
    8. Windows Explorer tips and tricks
      10m 28s
  5. 1h 41m
    1. The IE 7 tour
      16m 2s
    2. Favorites and History
      8m 45s
    3. RSS
      5m 16s
    4. IE security
      15m 12s
    5. Customizing IE 7
      13m 30s
    6. Windows Mail
      12m 21s
    7. Windows Contacts
      11m 9s
    8. Windows Calendar
      18m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Windows Media Player 11
      16m 43s
    2. Photo Gallery basics
      15m 28s
    3. Photo Gallery advanced
      12m 4s
    4. Movie Maker
      13m 5s
    5. The Snipping tool
      4m 23s
    6. Games
      3m 26s
  7. 30m 25s
    1. Control Panel home
      5m 39s
    2. System control
      7m 45s
    3. Volume controls
      4m 21s
    4. The new "Add and Remove Programs" feature
      3m 53s
    5. Default programs and AutoPlay
      8m 47s
  8. 28m 34s
    1. Mobility Center
      3m 13s
    2. Projection and Presentation modes
      4m 15s
    3. Power options
      10m 26s
    4. The Sync Center and offline files
      10m 40s
  9. 51m 39s
    1. Connecting to a network: The Network and Sharing Center
      10m 21s
    2. Wireless networking
      7m 37s
    3. Creating and finding shares
      11m 19s
    4. Networking troubleshooting
      11m 44s
    5. Remote Desktop
      3m 48s
    6. Windows Meeting Space
      6m 50s
  10. 1h 5m
    1. Security Center and Windows Firewall
      7m 1s
    2. Windows updates
      7m 37s
    3. Windows Defender
      8m 18s
    4. User access control: Standard vs. Admin accounts
      12m 2s
    5. More on accounts
      7m 0s
    6. Password management
      5m 0s
    7. Parental controls
      12m 27s
    8. File and hard drive encryption
      6m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Adding local printers
      6m 55s
    2. Adding network printers
      5m 36s
    3. Troubleshooting printers
      2m 40s
    4. Cool printing tips
      7m 31s
    5. XPS and PDFs in Vista
      3m 0s
  12. 39m 30s
    1. Using Help files
      3m 33s
    2. Backup files and drives
      9m 2s
    3. File and full disk restore
      8m 31s
    4. System restore points
      4m 34s
    5. Crashes and hangs
      10m 19s
    6. When Vista won't even boot
      3m 31s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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