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It seems as though Windows Vista Home Premium doesn't have the ability to utilize RDC.

Is there any way around this? Is there any third-party software (preferably free) that I can use to remote desktop into a Windows Vista Home Premium machine?

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Yes, in my opinion, the best remote software is TeamViewer. It is great. teamviewer.com/download –  KCotreau Jul 18 '11 at 0:36

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The free VNC's work very well. I use UltraVNC to access the other machines on the network as well as over the internet. They also have optional video driver accelerators that make the experience more life-like. ToughVNC is also free. The advantage is a direct connection between machines instead of going through someone else's server, like GoToMyPC or TeamViewer (which also work well).

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You can rdp INTO a Vista Home. You'll need Business or Ultimate though to rdp into other machines.

I lied. Officially it isn't suppose to work. It works cause I hacked up my VM installation.

My suggestion would be teamviewer. Or Live Mesh.

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Either I don't understand what you mean, or you are not correct. You cannot RDP into Home Premium. windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/… –  KCotreau Jul 18 '11 at 0:44
    
Yeah, I fired up the VM to check. . . it hacktastically works. –  surfasb Jul 18 '11 at 0:47

Edit: I realized I posted a solution for Windows 7 Home Premium. You can use similar steps to enable Remote Desktop for Windows Vista Home Premium (with similar sites as well).

You can enable Remote Desktop (Terminal Services) on a Windows Home Premium machine. It involves overwriting your \Windows\System32\termsrv.dll file with a hacked version (or patching/hacking it in-place), which you can find from various search engines.

I can't find the exact site where I found my patch, but other sites exist, with either a patcher, or a version of the DLL to update. Also, for SP1, you may need a different file. (Sorry I can't protect against Link Rot, but these links contain executable/DLL files for download.)

My update came with a batch script, which may help with locating the exact files I used:

@ECHO OFF

SETLOCAL ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION

SET WINVER=Windows 7 Build 7601
SET SET_PRODUCTNAME="Windows 7"
SET SET_CURRENTBUILD="7601"
SET SET_CSDBUILDNUMBER="1130"
SET SET_VERSION=%SET_CURRENTBUILD%.%SET_CSDBUILDNUMBER%

TITLE Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions %WINVER%

:SHOWHELP
    IF /I *%1 == *-? GOTO PRINTHELP
    IF /I *%1 == *help GOTO PRINTHELP
    GOTO PERMISSIONCHK

:PRINTHELP
    ECHO This script enables concurrent remote desktop sessions
    ECHO for %WINVER%
    ECHO.
    ECHO This script must be run as an Administrator.
    ECHO To open an elevated command prompt with Administrator privileges
    ECHO press WinKey, typ cmd, and hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
    ECHO.
    ECHO.
    ECHO Available commandline switches:
    ECHO.
    ECHO -?        Show this help.
    ECHO help     Same as -?.
    ECHO multi    Enable multiple sessions per user.
    ECHO blank    Enable remote logon for user accounts that are not password protected.
    ECHO.
    GOTO END

:PERMISSIONCHK
    REM Note: Mikinho, Updated admin right checks to a more appropiate method

    SET HasAdminRights=0
    FOR /F %%i IN ('WHOAMI /PRIV /NH') DO (
        IF "%%i"=="SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege" SET HasAdminRights=1
    )

    IF NOT %HasAdminRights%==1 (
        ECHO.
        ECHO This script must be run as an Administrator.
        ECHO.
        ECHO Use switch -? to show help.
        ECHO.
        GOTO END
    )

:VERSIONCHECK
    REM Note: Mikinho, Improved checks...

    FOR /F "tokens=3*" %%A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v ProductName ^| FIND "ProductName"') DO SET PRODUCTNAME=%%A %%B
    REM IF /I NOT "%PRODUCTNAME%" == %SET_PRODUCTNAME%  GOTO UNSUPPORTED

    FOR /F "tokens=3" %%A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v "EditionID"') DO SET EDITIONID=%%A
    IF /I NOT "%EDITIONID%" == "Ultimate" IF /I NOT "%EDITIONID%" == "Enterprise" IF /I NOT "%EDITIONID%" == "Professional" IF /I NOT "%EDITIONID%" == "HomePremium" GOTO UNSUPPORTED

    FOR /F "tokens=3" %%A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v "CurrentBuild"') DO SET CURRENTBUILD=%%A
    IF /I NOT "%CURRENTBUILD%" == %SET_CURRENTBUILD%  GOTO UNSUPPORTED

    FOR /F "tokens=3" %%A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v "CSDBuildNumber"') DO SET CSDBUILDNUMBER=%%A
    IF /I NOT "%CSDBUILDNUMBER%" == %SET_CSDBUILDNUMBER%  GOTO UNSUPPORTED

    GOTO START

:UNSUPPORTED
    ECHO.
    ECHO Your operating system is not supported.
    ECHO Only for %WINVER%
    GOTO END

:START
    CLS
    IF /I EXIST %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64 (SET ARCH=64) ELSE (SET ARCH=32)

:DETECTARGUMENTS
    SET SINGLESESSION=1
    SET BLANK=1
    IF /I *%1 == *MULTI SET SINGLESESSION=0
    IF /I *%2 == *MULTI SET SINGLESESSION=0
    IF /I *%1 == *BLANK SET BLANK=0
    IF /I *%2 == *BLANK SET BLANK=0

:SETSOURCEFOLDER
    REM This will get the folder the batch file was launched from since the current
    REM directory will change if launched from a network share
    SET SOURCEFOLDER=%~dp0
    ECHO Source Folder is %SOURCEFOLDER%, Windows is %ARCH%-bit
    ECHO.

:TAKEOWNERSHIP
    ECHO Taking ownership of %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll
    takeown /a /f %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll
    ECHO Granting Administrators rights
    ICACLS %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll /Grant "%USERNAME%":F
    ICACLS %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll /Grant Administrators:F

:STOPTERMINALSERVICES
    ECHO Stopping Remote Desktop Services
    REM Update: Mikinho, changed to TermService for globalization
    NET stop TermService /y

:BACKUPTERMSRVDLL
    IF /I EXIST %SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll.%SET_VERSION%.bak GOTO PATCHED
    COPY "%SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll" "%SystemRoot%\System32\*.*.%SET_VERSION%.bak"

:COPYTERMSRVDLL 
    IF /I NOT EXIST "%SOURCEFOLDER%%ARCH%_termsrv.dll" (
        ECHO.
        ECHO The %ARCH% version of termsrv.dll is not present
        ECHO.
        ECHO Use switch -? to show help.
        ECHO.
        GOTO END
    )

    ECHO Copying "%SOURCEFOLDER%%ARCH%_termsrv.dll" to "%SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll"
    COPY /Y "%SOURCEFOLDER%%ARCH%_termsrv.dll" "%SystemRoot%\System32\termsrv.dll"

    GOTO IMPORTREGKEYS

:PATCHED
    ECHO ######################################
    ECHO # Patched Already ,Config Editing... #
    ECHO ######################################

:IMPORTREGKEYS
    ECHO Enabling RDP
    REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

:HOMEPREMIUM
    IF /I "%EDITIONID%" == "HomePremium" (
        NETSH advfirewall firewall delete rule name="Remote Desktop (TCP-In)"
        NETSH advfirewall firewall add rule name="Remote Desktop (TCP-In)" program=System profile=public,private,domain dir=in localport=3389 protocol=tcp action=allow description="Inbound rule for the Remote Desktop service to allow RDP traffic. [TCP 3389]"
        COPY /Y "%SOURCEFOLDER%%ARCH%_rdpclip.exe" "%SystemRoot%\system32\rdpclip.exe"
    )

:SETSINGLESESSIONSETTING
    ECHO Setting fSingleSessionPerUser to %SINGLESESSION%
    REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fSingleSessionPerUser /t REG_DWORD /d %SINGLESESSION% /f

:SETBLANKPASSWORDPOLICY
    ECHO Setting LimitBlankPasswordUser to %BLANK%
    REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa" /v LimitBlankPasswordUse /t REG_DWORD /d %BLANK% /f

:CONFIGUREFIREWALL
    ECHO Configuring Remote Desktop in Windows Firewall
    NETSH advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=Yes

:STARTTERMINALSERVICES
    ECHO Starting Remote Desktop Services
    REM Update: Mikinho, changed from "Remote Desktop Services" for globalization
    NET START TermService

:PAUSE5SECONDS
    ECHO Pausing 5 seconds to give service time to start listening
    CHOICE /n /c y /d y /t 5 > nul

:CHECKIFSERVICELISTENING
    ECHO Checking if Service is listening on port 3389
    SUBST
    NETSTAT -a | find /i "3389"
    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 GOTO SERVICENOTLISTENING

:SERVICEISLISTENING
    ECHO Service is listening
    ECHO Done
    GOTO END

:SERVICENOTLISTENING
    ECHO Service is not listening

:CONTINUE
    ECHO Done

:END

ENDLOCAL

PAUSE

EXIT /B
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After realizing my error, I created a Q&A post for Windows 7. –  palswim Nov 25 '13 at 20:29

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