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Windows 7: Remote Desktop Connection RDC/RDP - maybe not

15 Dec 2012   #1

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
Remote Desktop Connection RDC/RDP - maybe not

Since foxint and I might be exploring alternatives to RDC/RDP...
...I thought it best to split the discussion from this thread.

@foxit, wow - sorry that you have not gotten this working like you need. Now that I know what you are wanting to do, I'm a torn between helping you continue down this path or suggesting another path all together.

I'll mention how I would have done it and then we can explore getting you connected to the new W7 computer. I would have installed the free Virtual Box software on your existing computer - then I would have created a virtual machine (VM) that runs W7 as its operating system. The good thing about this approach is - you can test it for free since you have several days before you have to activate the W7 OS. The bad thing about this VM approach is - there would be a bit of a learning curve.

But lets get you connected to that new computer.

One problem with assigning a password to the remote computer so that you can use RDC is - if you forget that password, you are locked out of that profile and it takes a bit of effort to get back in. If we use another remote control tool, then the password associated with that software is not a big deal. It can written into a text file on your old computer and if something fails, you just go to the new computer and set a new password.

I'm going to suggest that we try TeamViewer - but before you install it - I want to make sure that you are okay with the way that that it works. Take a look at this video that kananinet made:

When you connect, the computer on the remote end will show a notification window down by the clock. Watch for that in the video and you can see that you can click on it to get it out of your way. (Or it can be set to auto-hide.) Also notice that the control panel at the top of the window showing you the remote computer can also be minimized.

If you are okay with the way TeamViewer looks in that video, then you can install it on both your old and your new computer. After installing it on the new computer, start the TeamViewer app, go to Extras > Options. The options window should have two panes. On the left pane, the "General" options should be selected by default. In the right pane, put a check by "Start TeamViewer with Windows". You must now pick a password. They call this a Personal Password. Write it down.

While at the new computer - look at the TeamViewer app & write down the numbers to the right of "Your ID". You can ignore the numbers to the right of "Password" - those are just for temporary connections.

On the old computer - install and start TeamViewer. In the field named "Partner ID", enter the numbers that you wrote down from the new computer's "Your ID" field. - then click on "Connect to partner". A window should popup asking for the password for the remote computer. Enter in the "Personal Password" for the new computer.

Let me know if you have any problems getting this to work.

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15 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I use teamviewer all the's simple, easy to use and very user friendly. A great tool to have and use.
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15 Dec 2012   #3

Wind 7 Pro 64-bit


I have used TeamViewer as a passive client when my crap&# software gets its conflicts.... this is why I want it on another PC so there are no conflicts.

As I understand you need an internet connection. Seemed to me a little strange going out to the internet then comming back to a PC I can see. I live in the country (yeah country Australia) it is 15 years behind the city and having lived overseas, Australia is nowhere close to world class in anything - despite our politicians trying to tell us and the world..... so basically a technological backwater - Like the movie Doc Hollywood. Yes I did marry the country girl....that's why I am here...

If you think Teamview.... I will go with this, and cross fingers the internet stays connected

Thanks - Dan
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15 Dec 2012   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Hmmm, an iffy connection to the net means that RDC is probably a better fit. (Unless others can think of a better tool.) I've not been happy with UltraVNC's screen refreshes or I would point you in that direction. Oddly, uVNC seems worse on a local network than it does over the net.

So, assuming that you are willing to consider using an account password and RDC, let's see if we can lessen the odds that you will get locked out of your new computer should you forget the account's password. When you add a password to an account, you are given the opportunity to create a password hint - just spell out the password in that hint:

the password is yourpasswordhere

When you try to log on...
(if you barf entering in the password)
...the password hint should appear:
Remote Desktop Connection RDC/RDP - maybe not-hint.png

Let me know how you would like to proceed.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2012   #5

Wind 7 Pro 64-bit

Thanks mate...

Been a little sick and it has been over 30 degrees here so I am as they say flat out like a lizard drinking. Plus got scre#ed by the local wood shop who quoted me $225 for a desk top to cut some curves and rounded edges and now it is $523 (including the plywood) I am not happy.....

From the outset, I am a little confused; there must be a simple way with the physical boxes in the same room...and with wirelss technology or even plugging them into my wireless router.... I cannot control one from the other without some complicated DaVinci Code....

But bring it on.....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2012   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Bummer about being sick and all...

There is not a simpler way that I know of... maybe others know of a way.

If you want to use RDC, let me know once you have assigned a password to the user account on the new computer. Do you need help doing that? Be sure to put the password in the password hint field.
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