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Unfortunately you cannot connect to someone via Remote Desktop with XP Home if you have XP Pro. But there are other products that you can use instead.

How can I connect using remote desktop to someone that has XP Home if I have XP Pro?

The short answer is you can't. The remote system needs to be running the Remote Desktop Service (also known as Terminal Services), and XP Home doesn't have that. You'll need to use something like pcAnywhere, GoToMyPC or similar products.

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46 Comments
Betty
June 11, 2004 6:02 AM

I have to disagree. The Home user needs to initiate the request:

Choose START - HELP & SUPPORT - INVITE A FRIEND TO CONNECT TO YOUR COMPUTER WITH REMOTE ASSISTANCE

pati
June 11, 2004 2:37 PM

Does this remote assistance work on Win 98SE?

I have 98 at work and xp home ...at home...That would be a VERY handy feature if it works on 98...
Is it possible?

Leo
June 12, 2004 4:26 PM

Remote assistance is a little different, and unfortunately, no, it doesn't work attempting to access a Win98 computer remotely. I'm not sure about Win98 accessing a WinXP computer, though.

riyaz
July 13, 2004 12:29 AM


Dear sir

I have win98 15 sytems each located in different place can i access each machine desktop remotely

is this possible in win98 please help me

Thank you
Riyaz

Leo
July 13, 2004 8:57 AM

Sure, but the support is not built in to WIndows 98. You'll have to get a packages such as pcAnywhere, LapLink or others.

Bill
July 17, 2004 10:21 PM

VNC ( http://www.realvnc.com/ ) is a free remote desktop. It is slow but you can connect to the server with a web browser or its client.

Shawn Wyder
October 8, 2004 6:27 AM

I am trying to attach to another PC(server), using PCanywhere 11.0.1. I am running Windows XP Home Edition. I get the following message 'Unable to attach to specified device' I have the correct IP address of the PC, but can't seem to connect to it. Should I be able to connect using XP Home?

d.c.
October 12, 2004 10:27 AM

in win98 2000 hell i think xp for that matter all you ghave to do is use the remote help feature in netmeeting you will have to know the ip and port fro both computers since the irectory feature is gone but iave used on win2000 and win 98 machines

Leeroy
November 29, 2004 2:15 PM

The remote desktop feature is free from microsoft website. It supports 98 throught to XP pro. Or you can use the older Terminal server

John Muller
March 5, 2005 2:48 AM

Unfortunetly, Netmeeting won't install on XP.

I used to work at MS on Netmeeting, and consider this totally stupid; before upgrading one machine to XP everything worked fine, afterwards, I can't get my work done without running around.

kevin
March 28, 2005 12:31 PM

Is there any free software to connect win98 to win 2000 remotely or the other way.What I want to do is to see everything on my other pc as I was sitting in front of it.And where do I find the IP address.Also I want to be able do the same to my friends pc down the road.He is running win98 and xp.

Thank you

kevin
March 28, 2005 12:33 PM

Is there any free software to connect win98 to win 2000 remotely or the other way.What I want to do is to see everything on my other pc as I was sitting in front of it.And where do I find the IP address.Also I want to be able do the same to my friends pc down the road.He is running win98 and xp.

Thank you

Leo
March 28, 2005 2:04 PM

The products mentioned in the article will do that, as will the product "RealVNC", I believe.

Devout1
June 1, 2005 10:11 PM

Only XP Pro supports the Remote Desktop feature, which is a single-session version of Terminal Services. You can access a Windows XP Remote Desktop from any OS that supports a Terminal Services client (such as Windows 98 and XP Home). XP Home can act as the client in a Remote Desktop session but *only* Pro can be the server.

Ketan Champaneria
August 12, 2005 5:25 PM

How do I connect to my home computer from my friends house to my PC using Win XP Remote Desktop? I can do it within my home just by typing in the names of the PC to connect to other computers in my house. But how do I do it over the internet?

Leo
August 12, 2005 10:42 PM

This article has more info: http://ask-leo.com/how_can_i_access_my_windows_xp_machine_remotely.html

Pay particular attention to the notes on routers.

HMM
August 25, 2005 8:22 AM

"Unfortunetly, Netmeeting won't install on XP."

Incorrect!

NETMEETING IS IN XP! Go to START > RUN type in CONF

;)

Brian4120
September 3, 2005 7:22 PM

I have managed to connect my 2 xp home machines using the windows messenger to startup a remote assistance session. i happened to have 2 msn accounts to use.

1) log onto windows messenger on both machines
2) on the computer you want to connect to, open up a chat window to your other account, click request remote assistance. accept on the other machine, then again on the host machine.
3) a remote assistance window will pop up, on the "client" machine, click take control, accept on the host machine.

you can log off of the messenger accounts (but not close messenger)
you will have the other machines screen on your desktop, full access and everything.
took me about 15 mins to figure it all out, and maybe 7 trips up and down our stairs.

Darren
November 25, 2005 7:02 PM

Get MSN Messenger 7.5 from http://messenger.msn.com/xp/downloadx.aspx.
Install this. tell them to download MSN 7.5 as well. When you both have MSN 7.5 Installed either of you can select Activities whilst in chat with each other, then select Remote Assistance. This will only appear if, both of your remote boxes are both ticked on both computers. Hope you found this useful.
Many Thanks,
Darren.

madmax
February 11, 2006 7:21 AM

i own a small business, and my IT guy is a friend of mine, i run a lap top at work WIN XP and i use the same lap top at home, how do i tell if he is watching my internet and msn chat sessions via remote access? is there any way to tell, if he is conected to my computer live?

mike
February 26, 2006 1:48 PM

tried in MSN 7.5 and it said,
"Remote Assistance connection could not be established because the remote host name could not be resolved. Please try again."
How is the host name set up?

James
March 7, 2006 4:18 AM

In answer to madmax's question concerning his IT guy watching. With XP Pro it actually locks the host machine while remote desktop is running. If your IT guy was to connect while you where using the laptop it would lock the screen in front of your eyes. If you are using that machine from home surely you will be on another network. He may have the address for the machine when it is at work but when you are at home you will have a different address that is probably dynamically assigned by your ISP and I doubt very much he can connect to it at all.

Scragster
May 29, 2006 11:05 PM

Hey does any one no of a good program that i can remote desktop a home from a home ??

Thanks Euan

rish
June 16, 2006 2:19 PM

hey is ther anyway to log on to my own computer just as a test to see if its working and asking me for a usename and password? cuz i tried using the remote desktop but says i can't log in to same console or sumthing like that.

Gamer
June 19, 2006 5:29 PM

some of my buddies and i are thinking of playing a RPG game. is there anyway of us playing together while we're at each other's respective homes. we don't want to go to server i.e. battlenet and pay for it.. please help. thanks!

Iant
September 10, 2006 3:55 PM

Euan

Try Logmein.com its free and a fantastic program

Good luck

SUDHEER
September 19, 2006 3:17 AM

Sir, when i am connecting to remote desktop, i am getting the following msg. kindly help me in this regard.
The Client could not connect to the remote computer.

Richard from www.OutOfTheBoxPC.com
September 25, 2006 3:01 PM

In response to gamer's question about playing an RPG with friends, but not paying for battle.net or something similar. What you can do is set up a VPN or Virtual Private Network. I use a program called Hamachi very frequently for a number of reasons, and I know it can be used for gaming. I suggest you check it out www.hamachi.cc

-Richard

Richard from www.OutOfTheBoxPC.com
September 25, 2006 3:03 PM

In response to SUDHEER's problem: The most common reason for that type of error message is a badly set up router or firewall. Make sure you have all the necessary ports open between the two computers, both in software firewalls on your PC and any firewall that might be on your home router. Most likely it will be the firewall within your router.

-Richard

JBizzle
December 10, 2006 6:25 PM

There is a program unlike no program b4. It will create a network between 16 computers (VPN), where loctaion is not a question. So you dont have to configure your firewalls, or routers. And you can play games over the network. No more battlenet. or other servers. I suggest all of you look into it www.hamachi.cc they where there own company. LogMeIn took them over about 2 months ago.

Justin Moore
February 12, 2007 6:45 PM

I am trying to have access to my computer at home from work. I'm trying to get access to my music/video files and be able to listen to them on my laptop without having to d/l them. Is this possible ?

Thank you,
Justin Moore

Leo Notenboom
February 12, 2007 10:24 PM

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jamie
February 17, 2007 4:00 PM

how can i connect remote desktop from a library pc? it is set up so i cannot install programs and it will not run .exe files. logmein.com takes ages to load up and fails to connect 95% of the time on the library computers (fine on mine). i remember reading about setting up a webpage to go to that will connect to the remote pc. is this possible?

thanks, jamie

GewBurr
February 23, 2007 9:23 AM

Hey everyone, having Hamachi running on an XP Home machine will not solve the problem. XP Home doesn't have the necesary terminal services server software in order to remote desktop to the machine even if it hooked up to a VPN. There are other freeware programs, though, that will allow you to remote desktop to an XP Home machine via a VPN.

David
July 30, 2007 8:04 PM

try ultravnc.com for free remote desktop like software

Lance
September 13, 2007 6:57 AM

In response to Jamie and connecting from a library computer: The following link describes how to configure Remote Desktop Web Connection on XP Pro/Media Center:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/northrup_03may16.mspx

Remoter
September 22, 2007 9:23 AM

All you have to do is: go to c:\windows\system32 and double clieck mstsc.exe. Search for it and you will find it. Nothing else!

kuldeep dashora
October 15, 2007 12:35 PM

There is a program unlike no program b4. It will create a network between 16 computers (VPN), where loctaion is not a question. So you dont have to configure your firewalls, or routers. And you can play games over the network. No more battlenet. or other servers. I suggest all of you look into it www.hamachi.cc they where there own company. LogMeIn took them over about 2 months ago

Hamachi running on an XP Home machine will not solve the problem. XP Home doesn't have the necesary terminal services server software in order to remote desktop to the machine even if it hooked up to a VPN. There are other freeware programs, though, that will allow you to remote desktop to an XP Home machine via a VPN.

Babu
October 29, 2007 11:44 AM

Hi,
I was able to remote connect to my office machine sucessfully by configuring the router etc. I have no problems in this. Sometimes, I may require to connect another machine in my same office from my home, which I was unable to do. My Question is, how to connect one of the 2 machines which were under a same router.

Please help

Pegleggedous
January 31, 2008 12:16 PM

@Babu, you can forward different ports on your router to the RDP port on seperate clients.

A example is simple. Let's say the machine you can currently connect to is pc1, and want to connect to pc2 at work. So you go into your router config options, and forward 3390 to pc2's local ip. Then you can forward 3391 to pc3, and so on.

P.S. 3389 is the assumed port for RDP protocol, and to connect to a different port you will need to enter in the port manually in the "compter" prompt for the mtsc client, example: my.ip.is.this:3390

iPC
March 3, 2008 5:01 PM

You can get Remote Desktop in XP Home but it's difficult and not for the less tech savvy. The following page tell you how to make XP Home think it's XP Pro and then you can use Remote Desktop.

IPC
March 3, 2008 5:02 PM

Sorry, I forgot the link!
http://www.geekport.com/2007/08/15/enabling-remote-desktop-in-xp-home/

Dan
April 7, 2008 5:10 PM

How can I connect remote to someone that has XP Home if I have a MAc running Leopard?

TheDude
April 10, 2008 3:43 PM

Brief Description
Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.3 for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6573f9f1-8ae1-4da9-ab5c-f8457ecdaf2d

Y
September 14, 2008 5:05 AM

TeamViewer - very good.

Jamie
October 3, 2011 7:22 AM

Yes you are right. I used ScreenConnect to connect to my parents computer and fix it. They were running a old version of Vista and I had Windows 7.

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