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How to Set Up RDC on a Home Computer With XP

by Contributing Writer
  • Overview

    The ability to access files on a remote computer can be invaluable as a tool for helping other computer users, or to access data while working out of the office or home. Starting with Windows XP, Microsoft has included their Remote Desktop Connection software to enable this ability. With RDC enabled on the target computer, users can run software, access files and view personal data without being present at the computer. Enabling RDC on a home computer with Windows XP just takes a few steps.
 
  • Step 1

    Start the computer you wish to access from remote locations and log in if necessary. Click the "Start" button at the lower left corner of the screen, then right-click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties." Click the tab labeled "Computer Name" then write down the name of the computer as shown next to "Full Computer Name."
  • Step 2

    Switch to the tab labeled "Remote." Check the box on the Remote tab labeled "Allow sers to connect remotely to this computer." Click "OK" to close the Properties window.
  • Step 3

    Click the "Start" button again then open the Control Panel. Find and click on the "Security Center" tab then click "Windows Firewall." Ensure the checkbox next to "Don't allow exceptions" is not selected then click the "Exceptions" tab at the top of the window. Check the box next to "Remote Desktop." Click "OK" then close any open windows.
  • Step 4

    Log into another Windows XP computer on your network and click the "Start" button. Click the "All Programs" link, click on "Accessories" then open "Communications." Choose "Remote Desktop Connection" to open the Microsoft RDC Client program. Enter the name of the computer with remote connections enabled and click "Connect." Use the remote computer's credentials to log in and access the computer's programs and files. Log out of the remote computer or close the Remote Desktop Connection to end the session.
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  • Create a shortcut to the RDC client on your desktop if you use it often. Click the "Options" button on the bottom left side of the RDC window, before you connect, to set screen size and other options. Set up port forwarding in your Internet router to enable remote access to the computer from outside of your network.
  • Create a shortcut to the RDC client on your desktop if you use it often.
  • Click the "Options" button on the bottom left side of the RDC window, before you connect, to set screen size and other options.
  • Set up port forwarding in your Internet router to enable remote access to the computer from outside of your network.
  • Be sure to leave the remote computer locked or logged off, when you are finished with the session, to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Be sure to leave the remote computer locked or logged off, when you are finished with the session, to prevent unauthorized access.

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