can i control my mac from my pc?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by avpmusic, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. avpmusic macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    i'm going to be going on vacation soon. and i know if i had a macbook i could control my screen from anywhere in the world that has internet access. and i love this!

    but i dont have a macbook anymore and i'm stuck with a pretty good pc.

    is there a program (thats hopefully free.. but if not.... its ok) i could use
    to control my screen from a nother room, or from another location?

    or is it different because of two different OS's?
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas

    System Preferences -> Sharing -> Check Screen Sharing, Copy down the URL. You may also want to turn on file sharing.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Yes. It's called VNC. Mac OS X has a built-in VNC server, and there are plenty out there for Windows. (Not being a Windows user, I can't recommend anything in particular.)

    I'm a bit confused about what your setup is, though.

    You missed a step. In Screen Sharing, under Computer Settings, you have to check "VNC viewers may control screen with password:" and enter a password.

    To share files with Windows PCs, under File Sharing, you'd have to click Options and enable SMB.
  4. raydixon9 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    don't forget you can control pc/mac, mac/pc, pc/pc, mac/mac

    with for works well enough

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