Controlling a PC from a Mac over local network?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MrVegas, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. MrVegas macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2005
    Columbia, Md.
    I just downloaded the Microsoft app onto my new G5 called Remote Desktop. The PC and Mac are on the same local network in my home, on my router.

    When I double-click it on the Mac it asks me for a computer name. I typed in the ip address of the PC. It just laughs at me and says it never heard of that computer.

    Can anybody help?
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    The PC needs to have XP Pro in order to respond to the request, or so I've heard.
  3. Xiabelle macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2005
    I haven't actually set it up myself, but I use Remote Desktop on windows machines at work on a daily basis.

    1) The target machine needs to be running either XP or Win2000, I believe. If it's running 2000, it needs the capability to be connected to.

    2. YOu need to set it up to be able to receive remote connections. I don't recall precisely where this is, I'm afraid, but it needs to be allowed. (At work, I have servers that allow only two connections at a time, woe to the person who needs to connect as number 3.)

    3. You can already browse the computer from the mac, can't you? So you know they can talk?
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Right-click My Computer, go to Properties, then the Remote tab.
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It does not work with 2000. It works with XP Pro or any server OS with Terminal Services enabled.
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    You can also use VNC (for Windows 2000). Put the server on your windows box and get a Mac client for your Mac. If you are running XP Pro, then use that. You also may need to open the control panel somewhere and check that you want to control this machine remotely.

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