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 15. How To Enable Remote Desktop Connection to Control Your Computer From Windows 7 .

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Tutorial Overview
You can control your computer from a remote location with Windows 7's integrated Remote Desktop utility. When using Remote Desktop, you see and interact with the remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. Music and sounds on the remote machine also play locally when connected. By default, Remote Desktop comes disabled. While any version of Windows 7 can connect to a Remote Desktop server, according to Microsoft, only Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise can act as Remote Desktop servers. If you are using Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium, you cannot host a Remote Desktop session; you may only connect to one.

Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance are not the same program or feature. One does not have to enable Remote Desktop to support Remote Assistance, or visa versa. They both, however, have similarly layered controls that are found in near identical locations. As such, both will be discussed simultaneously in the context of control settings. You will want to consider and research all four areas when enabling or debugging Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance issues.

Most of the Windows operating systems like Windows 7, Vista, 2008, 2003, 2000 and XP include the Remote Desktop tool in the package. However, by default it remains disabled. You can enable or turn on the Remote Desktop feature through the local console by making use of graphical user interface (GUI) provided by Microsoft in all Windows editions.