Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 7 or Vista

Important note: Remote desktop is only included in the Professional, Business, or Ultimate versions of Windows. Home editions do not have remote desktop.

  1. Click on Start right-click the Computer icon and choose properties.
  2. Click the Remote Settings link on the left hand side.
  3. Click the bottom radio button. If you need to connect from an XP/2k machine, click the “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop” radio button.

Don’t worry about the firewall rules, Vista or Windows 7 does that for you automatically. If you are running a firewall other than default, you should configure it to open port 3389.

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