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Windows 7: Remote Desktop Access with Plug-and-play Drivers

24 Oct 2009   #1
C6 H12 O6

w7 Pro x32 and x64
Remote Desktop Access with Plug-and-play Drivers

I am currently running a tablet netbook with w7 pro x32. It's not powerful enough to run photoshop very well, and my license wouldn't let me put it on there anyway. However, this netbook is a tablet. I'd like to use it for graphics, as it has a Wacom digitizer.

What I'm interested in doing is running a VNC to access my desktop (running w7 pro x64) and be able to control photoshop from my tablet.

Currently, I've tried Windows Remote Desktop, and while it works fairly well, two things are wrong:
1) Mouse/Tablet input seems to be compressed. This turns my curves into straight lines unless I go reeeeally slowly. Is there any way to change this?
2) There seems to be an option for plug-and-play drivers to be transferred, is there *any* way to make pressure sensitivity work?

I have looked into other solutions, such as TightVNC, UltraVNC, and LogMeIn Free, but VNC isn't very secure (and I don't want to deal with SSH tunneling) and LogMeIn Pro is expensive, while LogMeIn Free is limited.

On that note, I haven't been able to find out *anything* relating to the security of Windows Remote Desktop. Is it encrypted, or what? Security is important to me, as I am running both the desktop and the netbook on networks that I have no control over, and are inherently insecure.

I haven't found much info about Remote Desktop, so can someone please help?

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24 Oct 2009   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there.

The problem with RDP in your case is probably that the Graphics format you are trying to display on your tablet computer is incompatable with the display option on your remote computer - for example a 24 inch wide screen monitor won't display very well on a smaller tablet computer with different orientation.

Try and select a video size which will fit on both machines.

Running Photoshop or any other video application on a remote computer also will require you to have a decent UPLOAD speed from the rempte computer.

A lot of home broad band systems advertise really fast download speeds such as 20mb but upload speeds can be painfully slow - this is done also to stop people having HUGE home web sites or to prevent a lot of file sharing via p2p or torrents.

The tablet should be able to run the remote photoshop app just fine so long as the upload speed and graphics systems are sufficient.

RDP (so long as you aren't using the web interface) is reasonably secure.

If you want to operate in "Paranoia Mode" try setting your home (or remote system) as a VPN. These are generally very secure with decent encryption.

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25 Oct 2009   #3
C6 H12 O6

w7 Pro x32 and x64

Thanks for your reply! Changing resolution didn't help. So that's out. In the upload department, my desktop gets 2.4 Megs/second. Is that the limiting factor, then? Is there a way to connect them that doesn't use the internet? Thanks!
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