Remote Access

Old 02-23-17, 07:43 AM
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Remote Access

For years, I've used GoToMyPC to access my work computer from my laptop when I'm home or out-of-town.

Corporate decided let the subscription run out because "All new computers have remote access built into Windows". That's true - IF your laptop O/S is a "Pro" version, and not "Home".

Guess which version I have?

Is there a free program or app which would allow me access to my Win7Pro work computer. Having the cheap b*st*rds at the home office simply re-up the paid subscription is not an option.
Old 02-23-17, 08:14 AM
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I Googled "windows 7 remote access application" and came up with a bunch of options. Included in those options was "16 Free Remote Access Software Tools".

Maybe this will help. Good luck.
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VNC is a popular protocol (there are a number of free and paid apps that run it). I haven't used it, so I can't recommend one or another.

I have used Chrome Remote Desktop which runs as an extension on your Chrome web browser. It's free and very simple to use.

TeamViewer is also a popular solution. It's typically used for commercial/business use, but is free for personal use.

Whichever you use, be sure to use a strong password to greatly reduce the chance of someone being able to remotely access your computer!
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Um, Win7 Home should have "remote desktop client" built in;
and Win7 Pro should have "remote desktop server" built in.

Now, you may have to dig to find it and enable it, but it should be there.
Old 02-24-17, 07:30 AM
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Windows "___" Home does have Remote Desktop Client built in, but it won't let me get to the office computer unless I upgrade to Pro.

TeamViewer has the same restrictions.

And I'm being told that a simple "Upgrade" won't work - I'd have to remove 10 Home and install 10 Pro.
Old 02-24-17, 07:45 AM
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Sounds like you need to tell corporate that it's not free unless it's for personal use only, so won't work with work related access. I doubt there's anything free for work or business. The free stuff only works on computers connected to the same network, AFAIK (meaning within a house).
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File sharing covers LANs. You just map the drives & give permissions. Software is needed for access over the net. I haven't looked at GoToMyPC or LogMeIn lately but those were 2 of the choices. VNC is popular now but make sure that it's password protected properly. I saw a VNC server that was wide opened. The owner had every password for each of his accounts listed including his Social Security account & Western Union. Anyone could have transferred money anywhere.

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