Can I use Remote access to control a Windows 7 PC on a macbook?

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  1. Grasher macrumors member

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    Is it possible to use remote access to connect to a Windows 7 PC over the internet using my Mac? I have an intel macbook and a copy of XP (which I haven't yet installed - I'd prefer not to!) and I want to connect remotely to a Windows 7 laptop.

    My situation is that I live in Australia and my Grandmother (who lives in the UK) has recently bought a laptop running Windows 7. I'd like to be able to remotely access it to set up various things for her - email accounts etc - but I'm not sure how. I think I can use screen sharing in Skype as a fall back but it would obviously be much easier if I could just control the system directly.

    Ideally, I'd like to just use OSX rather than going through the hassle of the bootcamp XP option but I'm not sure if this is possible.

    Any help much appreciated!
     
  2. adityanag macrumors newbie

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    Logmein

    try www.logmein.com.

    they have a free option that works well... full control right through your browser. i've used it with FF on OS X (10.5 and 10.6), and it works.
     
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  4. talmy macrumors 601

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    While Windows Remote Desktop Client works great, getting it set up so it goes through the remote router is not a task for Grandma. Google "remote desktop over ssh" to see how to pull it off. Advantage is it is free, as long as the Windows system is running the Professional or Ultimate editions.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    True for un-requested Remote Desktop connections, but not Remote Assistance.

    Remote Assistance is built in to all editions, but requires grandma to request assistance before a connection can be initiated. I don't know how it works with firewalls, but that would be something worth investigating.

    B
     
  6. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    another vote for the LMI suite of products...:D

    -J.-
     
  7. Grasher thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help. I'm going to give logmein a go as it seems the simplest option, particularly as it means that I won't need to install windows on my mac.

    I've got an old ibook lying around so I'll try it on that first to learn the interface.

    Thanks again everyone.:)
     

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