N/APosted on - 05/18/2011
I am trying to connect with my other computer by the remote desktop connection, from one of my laptops. The other computer’s operating system is Windows XP media center Edition and my laptop’s operating system is Windows Vista Home Basic edition. I can watch the shared files of the other computer by just typing "\(and the computer name)" into the address bar. So, I am sure that there must be some network between the 2 PC's. But when I type computer name on remote desktop connection, it does not work. I cannot diagnosis the problem. I need help to solve this it. Please anybody help me. Thank you.
How to solve network sharing problem?
Before connecting on Remote Desktop, You must configure your Remote Desktop settings first. The following are steps on how to enable desktop connections.
Windows XP: Enabling Remote Desktop Click the Start Button and right click the “My Computer” then select properties. You can do this also by doing Right click on the “My Computer” icon in your desktop. On the System Properties dialog box, click the “Remote” tab then tick (check) the “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer” on the “Remote Desktop” frame. You can specify the users that can access your computer via remote desktop. By default “Administrator” is enabled to access your computer. Click Ok You need to make sure that Remote Desktop is not blocked in your Windows Firewall.
To do this: Open your the “Control Panel” by clicking the Start Button then Control Panel. Click “Windows Firewall” icon. Windows Firewall is visible only in “Classic View” so you need to switch your view to Classic View.
You can do this also without opening on the Control Panel by Right Clicking on the Network Icon on the Task Tray then select “Change Windows Firewall Settings” on pop-up menu. On the Windows Firewall dialog box, on the General Tab, Select “On” if it is not On then uncheck the “Don’t Allow exceptions. On the Exceptions Tab, be sure that the “Remote Desktop” on the list has a check. Click the check box to check/uncheck. Click Ok Your Remote Desktop now is listening for incoming connection.
Windows Vista: Enabling Remote Desktop Remote Desktop feature is not enabled in Vista Home Basic or Home Premium. Although this feature is disabled in this version of Windows, you are able to connect to Remote Desktop enabled computer. Windows Vista Business or Ultimate edition has Remote Desktop features. To enable Remote Desktop in Windows Vista, follow these steps:
Click start then right click on the Computer icon and select Properties on the pop-up menu. On the Computer Properties window, click on Remote Settings. This action can also be done through Control Panel/System. Click Remote Tab of the System Properties window then checks the Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) option.
You can also specify the user you want to have an access to your Remote Desktop connection by clicking the “Select Users” button. The administrator is the default user allowed to connect through Remote Desktop. Click Apply or just click the Ok button. Make sure that Remote Desktop is selected in the exception on your Windows Firewall. To do this:
Click Start, Control Panel, Security the click windows Firewall. Turn Windows Firewall on if off. Key-in your Administrator password if asked. Click the Exceptions tab, block all incoming connections must be disabled and Remote Desktop is selected on your Exceptions list.
In a Local Area Network (LAN) sometimes the Remote Desktop doesn’t work if the network is not in the same Subnet Mask or not in the same Gateway. The Different Network Group also affects your Remote Desktop Connection. But this doesn’t matter in Wide Area Network (WAN). You must be at the same Network also to connect to the LAN. Your network must be also well configured. Set your home Network. if you don’t have DHCP server enabled, define your computer’s IP address manually. Here’s how:
Click on the Network Icon on your task tray then on Network Status dialog box click Properties button on the General tab. On Network Properties dialog box, under the General Tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), click the Properties button. On the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box, select “Use the following IP Address”, fill in the IP Address with 192.168.0.1 (you can define your IP configuration on your own), Subnet Mask with 255.255.255.0 and leave the Default Gateway empty. On the other computer IP Address must be 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.0.3 up to 255 to avoid conflict IP Address. Click Ok.
There are two ways of connecting to Remote Desktop enable a computer. Connect by entering the Name of the computer you want to connect to on the Computer field on the Remote Desktop connection on the Dialog Box. Instead of the name of the computer, use the IP Address. Sometimes using computer names doesn’t connect you to the server. This issue occurs in networks that don't have a DNS server.
You may open the Remote Desktop Connection by clicking Start, All Programs, Accessories, Remote Desktop Connection or just type MSC on the run dialog box. You may also try the following applications synonymous to Remote Desktop Connection. They are Free applications. Just go to the URL provided and download it from their site.
Remote Control PC Teamviewer or TeamViewer – the All-In-One Software for Remote Support and Online Meetings.
They are one of the few applications available on the internet. Just Google it.
How to solve network sharing problem?
Microsoft Company has announced that computers which are running Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic N, or Windows Vista Home Premium cannot be connected by remote desktop connection. But however, you can connect computers which are running any other Windows version, from Windows Vista. And you cannot use remote desktop option in Windows XP Home Edition.