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I have a PC at home connected to the internet. My friend also has a PC at home connected to the internet. I would like to be able to connect to my friend's PC.

My system IP

My friend's systems IP

How do I proceed?

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You need to provide more useful details like what you want to actually do. – Zoredache Jul 18 '12 at 22:42
You will be unable to do what you seek. You cannot connect to a domain if you are part of another network. I suggest using the virtual network software produced by the company that makes LogMeIn. This will allow you to be connected to your friend through a "virtual" network. – Ramhound Jul 19 '12 at 11:44

Well, it depends - are you in the same building? I assume not. The actual IP doesn't matter if you're connecting over a WAN (since you can use the computer name).

You need to allow remote connections (Right click My Computer -> Properties. Remote tab -> and under Remote Desktop, check the box.)

Now, go to something like to get your external IP.

Using RDP on remote PC, type in the IP and see if he can get in. Enter the name of the computer as your computer name, and enter username / password and domain (if using) or workstation name.

You need to have a password for this to work.

If on same password, then open the RDP (CMD prompt and type mstsc.exe) and just type in the name of your friends computer.

This won't work if you're on home edition of XP.

However, I'd recommend using something like TeamViewer, LogMeIn or GoToMyPc which will work regardless of home or not.

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