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Windows 7: What's the Best and Easiest Way to Remotely Connect to Network

10 Apr 2017   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
What's the Best and Easiest Way to Remotely Connect to Network

I know next to nothing about remote connections beyond the fact that my ISP always seems to want to do it for the most trivial problems.

I have a friend who has a company called Right Network hosting their QuickBooks. They can use any of their various home PCs to access QBs. However my friend also has a laptop that he takes out on the road and he wants to have that same access when he's away from home.

I don't know what the best method is for that. Windows 7 has a thing called Remote Assistance, as well as Remote Desktop. But when I use his laptop and go into Control Panel/System/Remote Settings, I see that although there is a check mark in the box Allow Remote Assistance connections to the computer, the lower half of that screen which pertains to Remote Desktop is grayed out. So I don't know what's up with that.

And I don't know what tools to use. LogMeIn? TeamViewer? Should we be looking into VPN?

They pretty much have their computers on all the time, but there might not be someone there to enter any sort of code as happens when my ISP remotely connects.

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11 Apr 2017   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I've used TeamViewer in the past to help a few people out, and find it very easy to use. It doesn't cost anything for personal use. I've linked a youtube video, along with the download page for TeamViewer. Give it a shot, let us know what happens. I think you'll be quite amazed how well it works (no, I'm not an employee!).

Good Luck!
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11 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Thank you very much. I'll give it a try.
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13 Apr 2017   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I also use teamviewer, but for personal use, you may consider UltraVNC, or some other free VNC application.
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