Using Remote Desktop, you can take control over your local Windows system from a remote computer. To get this to work for you need the following things:
- The computer you're going to take over has to have Windows XP Professional installed on it with Remote Desktop enabled, and must be attached to a network. You will also need the local computer's IP address (i.e.: 192.168.1.100) or its network computer name (i.e.: \\computer01). You can use the 'IPCONFIG /ALL' to get this information.
- You need a local account with a password on the computer you're going to take over.
- On the remote computer you need the Remote Desktop Connection software installed (check: Start menu | All Programs | Accessories | Communications), and to be able to make a network connection to the computer you want to take over.
- Under the Start menu, right-click 'My Computer' and select Properties.
- Click the Remote tab, then check the 'Allow users to connect remotely to this computer' check box.
- Press the 'Select Remote Users' button, and then press the Add button.
- In the 'Select Users' dialog box, enter the name of the user you want to be able to connect to this computer and then press the OK button.
- Press the OK buttons to close the rest of the dialogs.