All Windows operating systems starting from XP have a built-in application called Remote Desktop. It enables users to access other computers from their own terminals. This opens up a wide range of possibilities. For instance, if the is a problem with the PC and the owner is unsure about how to solve it, he or she can grant remote access to a more knowledgeable friend who will troubleshoot the issue. A Windows remote reboot can even be done if needed.
Remote Desktop lets the screen of one computer (the host) appear virtually real-time in another (the local system). This makes it easier for network administrators to install software across all terminals. Rather than physically going to each station, they can cover everything faster from a single location.
The two computers should be connected via LAN or the Internet, ideally with broadband speeds. They should also run the same OS. To initiate Windows remote reboot and other commands, the host computer should be set up to accept them. XP users would need to tick the checkbox allowing this located under the Properties of the My Computer icon. Then, go to the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel and add the Remote Desktop component. After installation, launch the program from the list of Accessories.
On the other side, one must know the host’s computer name or IP address in order to access it. The first can be found under the computer’s Properties while the second one may be obtained via an online search. With these information acquired, the session is ready to proceed. Don’t forget to take safety precautions such as having a firewall and closing the remote connection when idle.