Home v. Pro...still confused about Remote Desktop/Assistance

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Hi. I'm about to buy a new machine, and am confused about the differences
between XP Pro and Home when it comes to Remote Assistance and/or Desktop. I
need to decide which OS I need. My question is pretty simple:

If I'm running XP Home, can I connect to and remotely control a
friend/relative's computer (running Win 2k or XP, right?) to help them with
a problem they're having?

Or, do I need XP Pro to do this?

If I have XP Pro, does that enable me to do any additional
remote-control-type things that XP Home can't do?

Just trying to narrow down my decision on which OS to buy with my new
machine. I don't need to join a domain here at home. I really would like to
be able to connect to friends/relatives' computers if the need arises, and
want to make sure I don't waste money/resources on Pro if I don't need it.
Thanks.


Fr@nk
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    Fr@nk wrote:
    > Hi. I'm about to buy a new machine, and am confused about
    > the differences between XP Pro and Home when it comes to
    > Remote Assistance and/or Desktop. I need to decide which OS
    > I need. My question is pretty simple:
    >
    > If I'm running XP Home, can I connect to and remotely
    > control a friend/relative's computer (running Win 2k or XP,
    > right?) to help them with a problem they're having?
    >
    > Or, do I need XP Pro to do this?
    >
    > If I have XP Pro, does that enable me to do any additional
    > remote-control-type things that XP Home can't do?
    >
    > Just trying to narrow down my decision on which OS to buy
    > with my new machine. I don't need to join a domain here at
    > home. I really would like to be able to connect to
    > friends/relatives' computers if the need arises, and want to
    > make sure I don't waste money/resources on Pro if I don't
    > need it. Thanks.
    >
    >
    > Fr@nk

    Remote Assistance is available in all editions of Windows XP.
    That means you can provide Remote Assistance to another user as
    long as both computers are running Windows XP. It won't work
    with earlier versions such as Win 2K or Win98SE.

    Note: Windows XP Professional also has the ability to offer
    Remote Assistance to a remote user. With XP Home, you would
    only be able to respond to invitations initiated by the remote
    user. In other words, with XP Pro you can start the process
    while with XP Home the person seeking assistance has to make
    the first move.

    Remote Desktop is a feature that is only available with Windows
    XP Professional. Remote Desktop allows another user running
    most versions of Windows to take control of your PC as if they
    were sitting at the keyboard. For example, let's say I have a
    PC at my office running Windows XP Professional. I could, as
    long as I've installed the remote desktop client software,
    connect to that computer from another location with a machine
    running Windows 98, 2000 and all versions of XP.

    Here are a few articles you may find helpful in making your
    decision:

    Remote Assistance
    http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprmass.htm

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/remoteassist/intro.mspx

    http://www.scscc.com/smnr/Remote%20Assistance4.pdf

    Remote Desktop

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;315328

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/russel_may18.mspx

    It sounds as if XP Home Edition would be fine for you. The only
    reason you might want to consider getting Pro would be if you
    anticipate having to do any of the following sometime in the
    future:
    1. Connect from a remote location to your home PC.
    2. Offer Remote Assistance to other XP users because they can't
    figure out how to initiate the invitation.
    3. Increase file security using features such as Encryption and
    NTFS permissions.

    Nepatsfan
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    "Nepatsfan" <nepatsfan@SBXXXIX.com> wrote in message
    news:HuSdnZ9Zt7JPzJveRVn-1A@comcast.com...

    > Remote Assistance is available in all editions of Windows XP.
    > That means you can provide Remote Assistance to another user as
    > long as both computers are running Windows XP. It won't work
    > with earlier versions such as Win 2K or Win98SE.
    >
    > Note: Windows XP Professional also has the ability to offer
    > Remote Assistance to a remote user. With XP Home, you would
    > only be able to respond to invitations initiated by the remote
    > user. In other words, with XP Pro you can start the process
    > while with XP Home the person seeking assistance has to make
    > the first move.
    >

    The ability to "initiate the invitation" doesn't sound like enough of a
    reason for me to go with Pro. Especially since reading some of the articles
    from your links (Thanks!) showed me one can also use NetMeeting or simply
    Windows Messenger to establish some sort of remote assistance connection
    (well, I'm not sure about Messenger, but it looks like NetMeeting will do
    that, and with most Windows versions, not just XP).


    > Remote Desktop is a feature that is only available with Windows
    > XP Professional. Remote Desktop allows another user running
    > most versions of Windows to take control of your PC as if they
    > were sitting at the keyboard. For example, let's say I have a
    > PC at my office running Windows XP Professional. I could, as
    > long as I've installed the remote desktop client software,
    > connect to that computer from another location with a machine
    > running Windows 98, 2000 and all versions of XP.
    >
    > Here are a few articles you may find helpful in making your
    > decision:
    >
    > Remote Assistance
    > http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprmass.htm
    >
    >
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/remoteassist/intro.mspx
    >
    > http://www.scscc.com/smnr/Remote%20Assistance4.pdf
    >
    > Remote Desktop
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;315328
    >
    >
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx
    >
    >
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/russel_may18.mspx
    >
    > It sounds as if XP Home Edition would be fine for you. The only
    > reason you might want to consider getting Pro would be if you
    > anticipate having to do any of the following sometime in the
    > future:
    > 1. Connect from a remote location to your home PC.
    > 2. Offer Remote Assistance to other XP users because they can't
    > figure out how to initiate the invitation.
    > 3. Increase file security using features such as Encryption and
    > NTFS permissions.
    >
    > Nepatsfan
    >

    Yah, I doubt I'll need to use Remote Desktop. Remote Assistance (or anything
    like it) is what I'm looking for.

    Now, I know this is not the right group, but since the question popped into
    my mind now here in mid-thread, I'll ask: what's the difference in
    resource/memory/hardware requirements between Pro and Home? Does Pro chomp
    up more RAM? More hard disk space? Does Pro run more Services, thereby
    putting more of a load on the hardware in general?

    Thanks very much for your earlier response!


    Fr@nk
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    Fr@nk wrote:
    > "Nepatsfan" <nepatsfan@SBXXXIX.com> wrote in message
    > news:HuSdnZ9Zt7JPzJveRVn-1A@comcast.com...
    >
    >> Remote Assistance is available in all editions of Windows
    >> XP. That means you can provide Remote Assistance to another
    >> user as long as both computers are running Windows XP. It
    >> won't work with earlier versions such as Win 2K or Win98SE.
    >>
    >> Note: Windows XP Professional also has the ability to offer
    >> Remote Assistance to a remote user. With XP Home, you would
    >> only be able to respond to invitations initiated by the
    >> remote user. In other words, with XP Pro you can start the
    >> process while with XP Home the person seeking assistance
    >> has to make the first move.
    >>
    >
    > The ability to "initiate the invitation" doesn't sound like
    > enough of a reason for me to go with Pro. Especially since
    > reading some of the articles from your links (Thanks!)
    > showed me one can also use NetMeeting or simply Windows
    > Messenger to establish some sort of remote assistance
    > connection (well, I'm not sure about Messenger, but it looks
    > like NetMeeting will do that, and with most Windows
    > versions, not just XP).
    >
    >
    >> Remote Desktop is a feature that is only available with
    >> Windows XP Professional. Remote Desktop allows another user
    >> running most versions of Windows to take control of your PC
    >> as if they were sitting at the keyboard. For example, let's
    >> say I have a PC at my office running Windows XP
    >> Professional. I could, as long as I've installed the remote
    >> desktop client software, connect to that computer from
    >> another location with a machine running Windows 98, 2000
    >> and all versions of XP.
    >>
    >> Here are a few articles you may find helpful in making your
    >> decision:
    >>
    >> Remote Assistance
    >> http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprmass.htm
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/remoteassist/intro.mspx
    >>
    >> http://www.scscc.com/smnr/Remote%20Assistance4.pdf
    >>
    >> Remote Desktop
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;315328
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/russel_may18.mspx
    >>
    >> It sounds as if XP Home Edition would be fine for you. The
    >> only reason you might want to consider getting Pro would be
    >> if you anticipate having to do any of the following
    >> sometime in the future:
    >> 1. Connect from a remote location to your home PC.
    >> 2. Offer Remote Assistance to other XP users because they
    >> can't figure out how to initiate the invitation.
    >> 3. Increase file security using features such as Encryption
    >> and NTFS permissions.
    >>
    >> Nepatsfan
    >>
    >
    > Yah, I doubt I'll need to use Remote Desktop. Remote
    > Assistance (or anything like it) is what I'm looking for.
    >
    > Now, I know this is not the right group, but since the
    > question popped into my mind now here in mid-thread, I'll
    > ask: what's the difference in resource/memory/hardware
    > requirements between Pro and Home? Does Pro chomp up more
    > RAM? More hard disk space? Does Pro run more Services,
    > thereby putting more of a load on the hardware in general?
    >
    > Thanks very much for your earlier response!
    >
    >
    > Fr@nk

    Posting your question in another newsgroup, such as
    windowsxp.general or windowsxp.help_and_support, would probably
    be a good idea. It will probably draw responses from people who
    are far more knowledgable about the inner workings of Windows
    XP than I am.

    That said, here's my take on your question: Initially, there is
    no difference. A standard installation of both versions uses
    the same amount of resources. It's when you start using the
    "Pro only" features that you see a difference in performance.

    Nepatsfan
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    I searched these archives and discovered I cannot use Remote Desktop with
    Windows XP home edition - however am I to understand that I could use
    Netmeeting?

    I need to connect to the work computers (they use XP Home) from home
    sometimes and currently use Go2MyPC. However; when I connect to my home
    computer running xp pr - Remote Desktop works great.

    "Fr@nk" <Fr@nkATwizardDOT.net> wrote in message
    news:eJvNe.20890$Ie.9504@lakeread03...
    >
    > "Nepatsfan" <nepatsfan@SBXXXIX.com> wrote in message
    > news:HuSdnZ9Zt7JPzJveRVn-1A@comcast.com...
    >
    >> Remote Assistance is available in all editions of Windows XP.
    >> That means you can provide Remote Assistance to another user as
    >> long as both computers are running Windows XP. It won't work
    >> with earlier versions such as Win 2K or Win98SE.
    >>
    >> Note: Windows XP Professional also has the ability to offer
    >> Remote Assistance to a remote user. With XP Home, you would
    >> only be able to respond to invitations initiated by the remote
    >> user. In other words, with XP Pro you can start the process
    >> while with XP Home the person seeking assistance has to make
    >> the first move.
    >>
    >
    > The ability to "initiate the invitation" doesn't sound like enough of a
    > reason for me to go with Pro. Especially since reading some of the
    > articles
    > from your links (Thanks!) showed me one can also use NetMeeting or simply
    > Windows Messenger to establish some sort of remote assistance connection
    > (well, I'm not sure about Messenger, but it looks like NetMeeting will do
    > that, and with most Windows versions, not just XP).
    >
    >
    >> Remote Desktop is a feature that is only available with Windows
    >> XP Professional. Remote Desktop allows another user running
    >> most versions of Windows to take control of your PC as if they
    >> were sitting at the keyboard. For example, let's say I have a
    >> PC at my office running Windows XP Professional. I could, as
    >> long as I've installed the remote desktop client software,
    >> connect to that computer from another location with a machine
    >> running Windows 98, 2000 and all versions of XP.
    >>
    >> Here are a few articles you may find helpful in making your
    >> decision:
    >>
    >> Remote Assistance
    >> http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprmass.htm
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/remoteassist/intro.mspx
    >>
    >> http://www.scscc.com/smnr/Remote%20Assistance4.pdf
    >>
    >> Remote Desktop
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en;315328
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx
    >>
    >>
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/russel_may18.mspx
    >>
    >> It sounds as if XP Home Edition would be fine for you. The only
    >> reason you might want to consider getting Pro would be if you
    >> anticipate having to do any of the following sometime in the
    >> future:
    >> 1. Connect from a remote location to your home PC.
    >> 2. Offer Remote Assistance to other XP users because they can't
    >> figure out how to initiate the invitation.
    >> 3. Increase file security using features such as Encryption and
    >> NTFS permissions.
    >>
    >> Nepatsfan
    >>
    >
    > Yah, I doubt I'll need to use Remote Desktop. Remote Assistance (or
    > anything
    > like it) is what I'm looking for.
    >
    > Now, I know this is not the right group, but since the question popped
    > into
    > my mind now here in mid-thread, I'll ask: what's the difference in
    > resource/memory/hardware requirements between Pro and Home? Does Pro chomp
    > up more RAM? More hard disk space? Does Pro run more Services, thereby
    > putting more of a load on the hardware in general?
    >
    > Thanks very much for your earlier response!
    >
    >
    > Fr@nk
    >
    >
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    To remotely access/control an XP Home box I would use UltraVNC with its
    encryption plug-in or run it through a VPN or SSH tunnel before I would use
    NetMeeting...

    http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/RemoteDesktop/SSH-RDP-VNC/RemoteDesktopVNCandSSH.html

    --

    Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)

    Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
    benefit of all of us...
    The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights...


    "Joe" <bill@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:O3Lmls8sFHA.3604@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >I searched these archives and discovered I cannot use Remote Desktop with
    >Windows XP home edition - however am I to understand that I could use
    >Netmeeting?
    >
    > I need to connect to the work computers (they use XP Home) from home
    > sometimes and currently use Go2MyPC. However; when I connect to my home
    > computer running xp pr - Remote Desktop works great.
    >
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    How Dangergous am I being by not using the VPN or SSH?

    "Sooner Al [MVP]" <SoonerAl@somewhere.net.invalid> wrote in message
    news:usDjp98sFHA.1204@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > To remotely access/control an XP Home box I would use UltraVNC with its
    > encryption plug-in or run it through a VPN or SSH tunnel before I would
    > use NetMeeting...
    >
    > http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/
    >
    > http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/RemoteDesktop/SSH-RDP-VNC/RemoteDesktopVNCandSSH.html
    >
    > --
    >
    > Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
    >
    > Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
    > benefit of all of us...
    > The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    > rights...
    >
    >
    > "Joe" <bill@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:O3Lmls8sFHA.3604@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>I searched these archives and discovered I cannot use Remote Desktop with
    >>Windows XP home edition - however am I to understand that I could use
    >>Netmeeting?
    >>
    >> I need to connect to the work computers (they use XP Home) from home
    >> sometimes and currently use Go2MyPC. However; when I connect to my home
    >> computer running xp pr - Remote Desktop works great.
    >>
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Personally I run UltraVNC with its encryption plug-in so I can remotely
    maintain a few Windows Me boxes around town. I feel perfectly safe doing
    that since I use a "strong password". Its just more secure running through a
    SSH tunnel, which I do to access my home LAN, with a private/public key pair
    versus a password for authentication.

    --

    Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)

    Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
    benefit of all of us...
    The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights...


    "Joe" <bill@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:uCSncR9sFHA.3548@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > How Dangergous am I being by not using the VPN or SSH?
    >
    > "Sooner Al [MVP]" <SoonerAl@somewhere.net.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:usDjp98sFHA.1204@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> To remotely access/control an XP Home box I would use UltraVNC with its
    >> encryption plug-in or run it through a VPN or SSH tunnel before I would
    >> use NetMeeting...
    >>
    >> http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/
    >>
    >> http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/RemoteDesktop/SSH-RDP-VNC/RemoteDesktopVNCandSSH.html
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
    >>
    >> Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
    >> benefit of all of us...
    >> The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    >> rights...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Joe" <bill@msn.com> wrote in message
    >> news:O3Lmls8sFHA.3604@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>I searched these archives and discovered I cannot use Remote Desktop with
    >>>Windows XP home edition - however am I to understand that I could use
    >>>Netmeeting?
    >>>
    >>> I need to connect to the work computers (they use XP Home) from home
    >>> sometimes and currently use Go2MyPC. However; when I connect to my home
    >>> computer running xp pr - Remote Desktop works great.
    >>>
    >>
    >
    >
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