The Remote Desktop service is only available as part of Windows XP Professional Edition. This service allows you to take control of the remote computer without first requesting access. To do this you have to have administrator rights on the local machine. Once logged in you will have complete control of the local computer.
The Remote Assistance is part of Windows XP Professional and Home Editions. To use this service the PC user has to make a request to you to be able to connect to the remote computer. Once you respond to the request, you will see the remote users desktop. This service requires you have Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger installed on your computer to receive the remote assistance request.
To enable the Remote Desktop or Remote Assistance services:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Double-click the System control panel.
- Click on the Remote tab.
- Check the Remote Desktop and/or Remote Assistance checkboxes.
- Press the OK button when done.