can i control my mac from my pc?

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

  1. avpmusic macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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

    thegoldenmackid

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    #2
    Umm...

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

    BlueRevolution

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    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

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    don't forget you can control pc/mac, mac/pc, pc/pc, mac/mac

    with logmein.com for free...it works well enough
     

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