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Old 01-29-08, 07:23 PM
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Easiest PC-Anywhere-like software?

Hey all,

I have heard about PC-anywhere for years (and have seen similar remote pc access software used at my job) - however, until last week, I never have had a personal use for it.

I have someone who would like me to do some routine maintenance, cleaning, optimizing, etc on their PC, and now that I have moved, I would like to use a remote pc program to do so... (running cleaning apps, checking cache folders, etc)

What do you guys recommend? Are there any web-based ones? Or would it be best to stick with the software editions...

Also, are there, by chance, any freeware versions of anything like this?

Thanks in advance,

Matt!
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Old 01-29-08, 07:26 PM
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Windows XP or Vista comes with Remote Desktop Connection that I think would be the easiest solution.
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Old 01-29-08, 08:35 PM
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Old 01-30-08, 02:12 AM
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Remote Desktop Connection is the only way to go if they're using Windows XP. Most of the other remote connection software draws bitmaps of the remote screen on your computer, whereas RDC is message-based... which is why it's 100x faster than any other remote solution. The only downside to RDC is that it locks the remote computer as soon as you connect (the person at the other end sees the "This workstation is currently locked" box). So if you need for two people to use one computer at the same time (for instance, for the remote user to show you exactly what he\she is doing to cause an error), then RDC isn't for you.

If you can't\won't use RDC, you might want to look in to One-Click VNC. VNC was a remote access program originally developed by AT&T, but was released as open-source software several years ago. It's normally pretty difficult for non-techies to set up, but one-click solves this. All you do is download the package, unzip it, enter your IP address or Dymanic DNS host name into the included INI file. You can then zip the two files back up, and even convert them to a self-extracting EXE file. For my business, I set this up so that the SFX module extracts to the users %TEMP% folder and automatically runs oneclickvnc.exe. So all the user has to do is click on HELP.EXE and I'm instantly connected to their computer (the best part about One-Click VNC is that the remote user is connecting back to you - so you don't need to forward any ports on their end. I've used one-click for a few years now, and it's worked through every kind of firewall you can imagine!)
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Remote Desktop Connection is fine. I also use UltraVNC.
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Old 01-30-08, 09:33 AM
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This is what I use all the time. Works great.
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vnc or dameware
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Old 01-30-08, 06:14 PM
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Old 01-30-08, 06:35 PM
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Windows XP has a built in function called Remote Assistance that allows a person to remotely view a user's screen and assist them by taking over mouse and keyboard control if necessary. This is different than RDP (Remote Desktop) in that both the helper and the user can see the screen. It also allows the user to take back mouse and keyboard control at any time.

To access this, the user goes to Start, Help and Support. At the top right click on "Invite a friend to connect to your computer with Remote Assistance"

They will run through a wizard which guides them through sending you an invitation through Windows Messenger or email. They have the option of requiring a password to access the computer.
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Old 01-30-08, 08:20 PM
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Hey all,

Thanks! I'll give the Native XP remote assistance feature a shot... That should work...

Thanks a ton,

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WinXP Home does not have RDC server, if I remember right.
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Old 01-30-08, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by lxl
WinXP Home does not have RDC server, if I remember right.
I don't know, but either way it's downloadable for any version of Windows.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...dclientdl.mspx
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
I don't know, but either way it's downloadable for any version of Windows.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...dclientdl.mspx
That's for the client... not the server.
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Originally Posted by Palaver
That's for the client... not the server.
Missed that he said server. Thanks
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Old 01-31-08, 04:03 PM
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we use logmein for all our clients...free and simple to use.
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You could use netmeeting too. It's built into Windows XP.
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VNC is a good one. I use that in the office
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