How can we access other’s computer’s desktop with different OS

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How can I watch my computer’s desktop in my coworker’s computer? I really need to do it. I know there is an option in Windows 7 but do not know how to do it. Is it possible, if I and my coworker use different operating systems?

As an example, I am using Windows 7 ultimate and my coworker is using Windows Vista ultimate. Is it possible to do this between the two computers?

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How can we access other’s computer’s desktop with different OS

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You can do it by remote desktop connection in windows 7. For doing this, first you have to go to Panel>System>Advanced System Settings. Then press to the remote tab. Under Remote Assistance, set a check mark on Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer. Then click on apply and ok.

After that, you need to set up a local area connection. For doing this go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Remote Desktop Connection. Then put the computer name or IP address of that computer which you want to connect. Then click on the connect button.

To Enable Windows 7 to Accept Remote Desktop Connection (Local Area Connectivity) you have to follow the following steps. Go to Control Panel>System>Advanced System Settings. Click on remote tab. In Remote Assistance, set a check mark on ‘Allow Remote Assistance connections’ to this computer. Then click on the advance tab. Set a check mark on ‘Allow this computer to be controlled remotely’. Lastly click on ok.

Yes, you can do the same thing even two of you using different operating system.

Do it and enjoy.

Answered By 0 points N/A #110323

How can we access other’s computer’s desktop with different OS

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Hello John.

You said you want to "watch" your computer's desktop from your co-worker's PC.  I'm afraid "watching" is not possible with Windows Remote Desktop Connection (RDC). When you connect via RDC, the screen of the computer that you are connecting to gets locked.  You can see the desktop of the remote machine but anyone in front of the remote machine will see that the desktop is locked.

My suggestion is to install a VNC server/viewer on both computers.  I suggest UltraVNC.  When the server is running on a remote machine, you can control it with the viewer from another machine.  The screen does not get locked.  In fact, anyone in front of the remote machine will see the mouse cursor moving, windows opening, etc.  You can set it to view only such that anyone using the remote machine will not know their activities are being watched remotely.

By the way, the VNC protocol, unlike Windows Remote Desktop Connection, works under any operating system, even on Linux or Mac.

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