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I'd like to access my workplace computer but my remote settings screen don't show the option to allow remote desktop on it:


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Why is that? What other settings do I need to change?

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Which version of Windows 7 do you have? – MicTech Jul 29 '09 at 7:42
It's the latest RC, b7100, installed as Home Premium. – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 7:50
Why do you want to use this? Else you can try to use VNC like programs, probably better for the job as well – Ivo Flipse Jul 29 '09 at 7:57
You could also try LogMeIn – pavsaund Jul 29 '09 at 8:00
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Windows 7 Home Premium does NOT have Remote Desktop, so you have to use an alternative application.

However, alternatives are available for both terminal services (mstsc alternatives) or new protocols such as VNC.

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Thanks. (…). Strange choice, as I now need to double the cost to just get this feature with Professional? – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 7:53
Wow, so there is a 3rd party software which enables incoming RD on 7? – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 7:58
No I'd follow MicTech's advise: use VNC, stick with Home Premium – Ivo Flipse Jul 29 '09 at 7:58
Thanks, will try it and report back. – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 8:00
seperate client – pavsaund Jul 29 '09 at 8:18

Found this on a Microsoft forum:

The only versions with the "server" of Remote Desktop is Professional and Ultimate. Home Premium does NOT have this.

It has Remote Desktop Connection, meaning it can connect to other PC's, but it is not able to be connected to.

To the poster above, he's not good to go, he wanted to upgrade to Home Premium for $50, but its crippled without RDP host (what he needs), so he has to go for Professional for $100. (Prices reflect current discount pricing)

More from somewhere else:

Windows 7 Home Premium - the equivalent of Windows Vista Home Premium and of Windows XP Media Center

Availability: worldwide via mainstream retail and OEM channels.

Features: Aero Glass GUI, Aero Background, Aero Peek, Aero Snap, Live Thumbnail previews, Multi Touch capabilities, Home Group, Windows Media Center, DVD playback and authoring, Premium Games, Mobility Center.

Cut Win 7 key features: Domain join, Remote Desktop host, Advanced Backup, EFS, Offline Folders

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Thanks, found the same link now with the correct search terms. Sad. – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 7:55

If your using a corporate domain it is possible this has been disabled in a Group Policy.

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I don't know, I'm an evaluator person in my company and I doubt anybody else has W7. Before this, I used Windows XP with no problem. Is there a place I could override/change this group policy? When I installed 7 and connected to the LAN, I choose "Work network" settings. – akarnokd Jul 29 '09 at 7:46

I've found that RDC is much better than the other alternatives.

If you want to enable it, you can this excellent path that do it all for you

Then you must enable the port 3389 in Windows Firewall, and voilá: RDC on Windows 7 Home Premium

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