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Windows XP - Change Remote Settings

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial on how to change the remote settings. You may want to change the remote settings so that you can access your computer away from home or work or so that a technical person can fix your computer remotely.

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Windows XP - Change Remote Settings

Desktop icons in windows xp

With Windows XP loaded to the desktop you should see the desktop icons.

With the mouse right click the My Computer icon and click properties from the menu that appears.

The system properties will be displayed.

The other way to access the system properties is via the 'System' utility in the control panel.

showing the system properties section in windows xp

You will see the System Properties load up and you will see several tabs along the top of this window.

We have tutorials to deal with each of these tabs individually otherwise this tutorial would be huge!

In this first tab 'General' you cannot make any changes although as you can see there is some useful information on this page.

Click the 'Remote' tab.

remote tab under system properties in windows xp

There is very little to change in the remote settings.

As you can see from the Remote page you have two options, 'Remote Assistance' and 'Remote Desktop'. Without a doubt the most popular is Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop allows you to use 'Remote Desktop Connection' utility in all Windows XP and higher versions of Windows to connect to your work or home computer remotely.

To enable the remote desktop feature just click to tick the checkbox next to 'Allow users to connect remotely to this computer'.

Although you have a button to 'Select Remote Users' you don't need to specify this. Just make sure who ever is connecting knows the username and password for the computer. Blank passwords are not allowed so create a password for your username.

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