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On a Vista machine, I can get the free version of RealVNC to accept incoming connections (i.e., other people can VNC to it).

However, I have not been able to get it to work under Windows 7 - the client gets the below error when trying to connect.

Has anyone else been able to get RealVNC to accept connections under Windows 7?

VNC Viewer : Question

read: Connection aborted (10053)
Do you wish to attempt to reconnect to MACHINE_NAME?

Yes   No   
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I've successfully used TeamViewer's free client with Windows 7. It's worth a look. I've installed the TeamViewer Server version, as it's on my Media server at home. I am not sure about RealVNC, so I apologize I cannot help further with that program. –  Anarkie Sep 17 '09 at 19:17

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This RealVNC as a server workaround for Vista should also work for Windows 7.

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On the VNC Server Enterprise Edition E4.5.4, click "Configure" and uncheck "Prompt VNC Server user to approve connections". I'm running VNC server on Windows 7.

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Just to note that the free version of RealVNC does not support Windows 7 so don't bother there. The pay-for products all support it nicely. Or just use Ultra or Tight or something!

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Running as Server (not Service) worked for me as well with Windows 7. Changing to Full Color did not work.

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I just figured it out. The connection will get rejected if the color settings are wrong. If you change it to Full Colors in the options, it will connect

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Aaron Dhiman's answer contradicts this statement. –  Peter Mortensen Aug 15 '12 at 7:12

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