Learn How To Use Remote Desktop for Remote Terminal Access [Windows Tip]


Windows: If you need to work on machines on your local network without wandering through your house or office to go find them Remote Desktop can help. You can use Windows’ built’in tools and this tutorial will show you how.

While many of you have surely used Remote Desktop before, if you’ve been meaning to get around to using it and would like to know how they’ve put together an excellent step-by-step tutorial over at How-To Geek. Using Remote Desktop isn’t a daunting task but it does require some configuration. The guide covers setting up remote desktop, enabling client machines to accept connections, and other helpful tips and tricks.

It’s worth noting that you can’t initiate a Remote Desktop session from a machine running Windows XP, Vista, or 7 Home Edition, you need to be using the Professional or above version of the aforementioned operating systems. You can however set up your Home Edition versions to accept incoming requests so you can control them remote from a machine running some edition of Windows Professional or above.

Check out the full tutorial at the link below or alternatively you can check out our Hive Five on best Remote Desktop Tools. Have a favorite remote desktop tool? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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Solid-Color Backgrounds Cause 30-Second Login Delay in Windows 7 [Windows 7 Tip]


If you’re the type to prefer a seriously minimal desktop—so much so that you choose a solid-color desktop over setting a custom wallpaper—you may be wondering why-oh-why Windows 7 takes so long to boot your machine. Turns out a bug in Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 causes a 30-second delay at login. Microsoft discusses the problem, potential solutions, and offers a hotfix here, though you could also just set a desktop wallpaper of your own. We’ve got tons of great suggestions for you, or if you’re really set on the whole solid-color thing, you could just create a single-color image with your image editor of choice and tile it as your wallpaper. [Microsoft via The How-To Geek]

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