Add Remote Desktop Access to Windows Vista Home Editions
The Remote Desktop Connection feature of Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions enables easier remote access to any resource or application that your organization has made available to you. Microsoft made the decision to limit the feature to the editions mentioned above, which means that editions not mentioned in the list do not have it. This includes all Home editions of the Vista operating system which could be an issue for users who want to use the remote desktop feature on their systems as well.
The only option, other than upgrading to an edition of Vista supporting Remote Desktop Access, is to install and use third party products that add the functionality to Vista's Home Basic and Home Premium editions. One of the programs that you can use for that purpose is the excellent TightVNC.Â It takes up about two megabytes of disk space on your system and requires some basic configuration to work. The program is available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, and supports all versions of the operating system from Windows 2000 to the very latest (Windows 8 at the time of updating the article).
The current user properties can be edited during the installation of the program. You should supply a secure password, set a port or port range that should be used and edit the other options that are visible in the configuration menu. I would advise to remove the option to disable remote keyboard and pointer (view-mode only).Â Congratulations you have added remote desktop support to Windows Vista Home Basic and Premium.
The best way of getting started is to take a look at the documentation that is available on the project home page. It helps you to get started with the application so that you can get started right away. Other sections of the site, like the FAQ page may also be of interest.Advertisement