We have covered the remote desktop access software TeamViewer multiple times here on Ghacks in past years.What makes TeamViewer special is that a version of the software is available for all major operating systems including mobile systems, and that it requires barely any configuration or setup before it can be used. This is excellent for tech support purposes considering that a lengthy installation process could be too much for someone trying to get help with a PC problem.
TeamViewer can be used to remotely access another computer which can be helpful in certain situations. While tech support comes to mind right away, it can also be used for file transfers between systems, for presentations on a remote computer, and virtual private networks.
Windows users have various options when it comes to TeamViewer. They can install the full TeamViewer client on their system, install TeamViewer Host which runs a 24/7 session on the host computer, TeamViewer Quick Support for a bare bones version that does not even require administrative rights, or a portable version which does not need to be installed making it ideal for "on the road" scenarios as it can easily be put on a CD, DVD or USB Flash drive.
The portable version of Teamviewer comes as a general version and one specifically designed for U3 devices. All that needs to be done is to download the archive from the Teamviewer homepage and unpack it to an USB device. The application can then be executed from there easily and will leave no traces on the system it is executed from.
Please note that this is the full TeamViewer application in all regards. You may want to consider using the QuickSupport application instead which also does not require any installation to provide someone else access to your computer.
Make sure you check out the Remote Control Software Teamviewer article if you never heard of Teamviewer before.
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