Want to access files from computers which are very far from you? What if you forgot to do something on that computer and want to access it remotely? Seems cliché? No. It is possible. The use of remote desktop connection is what you need. You will be able to access your computer from far away by using your PC you currently have. Convenient and stress free!

Now what do you need? You just need any laptop or PC you have there. Don’t worry if it has a different OS installed. Windows is ofcourse, the preferred OS but we can still do RDC with any OS with the use of some 3rd-party programs.

In your Windows Vita or Windows 7 system, you can find a pre-installed program called Remote Desktop Connection. You can find it in your Start Menu or type it in the search bar if it is hard to find.

Important note: Remote desktop is only included in the Professional, Business, or Ultimate versions of Windows. Home editions do not have remote desktop.

When run for the first time, it is disabled by default. It is easy to turn back on, don’t worry.

To get to the configuration page, you can either right-click the Computer icon and choose properties, or you can type in system into the start menu search box, and then find the entry for System.

Click the Remote Settings on the left hand side. And then you can now finally turn it on.

To connect from another Vista / Win7 PC on the same network, click the bottom radio button. If you need to connect from an XP/2k machine, click the “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop” radio button.

Don’t bother changing the firewall rules for Windows Vista and Windows 7 will do it automatically for you.

Now, you can easily connect to the PC you would like to connect to. Just type the IP address you like to link with. Just make sure you are approved by that computer.

If you still find it pretty hard, try using the program called Team Viewer which lets you handle Remote Desktop Connection easier. What more is that it is also available to other Operating Systems such as Linux and Mac. Amazing right?