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How to remotely connect to a Windows 7 PC

Let other machines remotely access your PC

Remote access is a great tool that allows a PC's desktop, along with files, folders, programs and settings, to be accessed from another location with the help of a net connection. It's an ideal solution for those that want help from either an IT guy, family member or friend to fix their PC, or perhaps you just need to quickly review a file you've left on your office PC when you're working on-the-go.

In previous versions of Windows, if you wanted to ensure that you or someone else could remotely access your PC, you had to download software onto your PC. While some of these programs, such as TeamViewer, are free it was still a hassle

However, with this in mind, Microsoft introduced a remote access feature into Windows 7 that allows others to access your PC remotely without the need for third-party software. We've already shown you how to turn on remote access settings in Windows 7 but here's how to use another Windows 7 machine to remote access that PC.

Step one
From the Start menu, use the search box at the bottom of the window and type Remote desktop connection. Double click the program from the list of results.

Step two
In the Window that appears, type the name or IP address of the machine you want to connect to. Now press Connect. Providing the machine has enabled remote desktop connections, you'll be connected and then able to access the desktop, files, folder and programs on that machine.

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