Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance in Windows® 7
You can use Remote Desktop Connection to access a remote computer on your network or the internet and use the remote computer as if you were working on it. Before you can connect to a remote computer, you need to turn on this feature on Windows 7 computer and set the option to allow users to connect remotely to the computer. Doing this, provides security for the remote computer. You can allow anyone to connect to the remote computer, or you can specify users with a password. You also need to have the name or IP (Internet Protocol) address of the remote computer and the user name and password you use to log on to the computer. You can also change settings for the remote connection, which include the display size and color depth, when to use local or remote resources, and what programs to use and option to allow. Once you connect to the remote computer, the remote desktop appears on your screen. You can use the remote desktop as if you we working at the computer.
With Remote Desktop, you can have access to a Windows session that is running on your computer when you are at another computer. This means, for example, that you can connect to your work computer from home and have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were sitting at your computer at work. You can leave programs running at work and when you get home, you can see your work desktop displayed on your home computer, with the same programs running.
Remote Desktop is disabled by default in Windows 7, but it’s easy enough to turn it back on. If you need to access your Windows 7 PC from another system, it’s an important thing to turn on. Remote desktop is only included in the Windows 7 Professional, Business, or Ultimate edition. Home editions do not have remote desktop.
Comparison between Remote Desktop & Remote Assistance:
In a Remote Assistance session, both users must be present at their respective computers and must agree to establish the connection. On the other side Remote Desktop Connection can be started from one computer in the absence of someone on remote target computer.
In Remote assistance the users at each end see the same screen and can share control, whereas Remote Desktop Connection starts a new session on the remote computer. The remote session takesÂ over completely, and the local user loses interactive access, seeing instead a logon screen with a label indicating the user account that is logged from a remote location.
With Remote Assistance, you can connect to a computer running any edition of Windows 7. But in case of Remote Desktop the target computer must be running the Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate edition.
In a Remote Assistance session, the remote user will have the same rights and privileges as the local user. With Remote Desktop Connection, remote users can do whatever their account credentials allow them to do.
You can establish a Remote Assistance session over the Internet, even when each computer is behind a different router that uses NAT. With Remote Desktop Connection, the target computer must be on the same network and it cannot be behind a NAT router.
Use Remote Desktop to access one computer from another remotely. For instance, you can use Remote Desktop to connect to your work computer from home. You will have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources, as if you were sitting in front of your computer at work.
Use Remote Assistance to give or get assistance remotely. For instance, a friend or a technician can access your system to help you with a computer problem or show you how to do something. You can help someone else the same way. In either case, both you and the other person see the same computer screen.