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I want to connect to my XP Home PC on the same LAN workgroup (MSHOME) with my XP Pro machine - but I always get the following error

Remote Desktop Disconnected This computer can't connect to the remote computer.

Try connecting again. If the problem continues, contact the owner of the remote computer or your network administrator.

How do I solve this?

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Windows XP Home does NOT support inbound Remote Desktop. Use VNC.

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You used to be able to do a registry tweak to make Home think it was Pro, and then install remote desktop. MS patched that out recently though :( – DHayes Sep 25 '09 at 16:54
Not worth the effort and risk of finding your XP serial on Microsoft's black book. See my answer regarding Remote Assistance. – harrymc Sep 25 '09 at 18:30

use Teamviewer, by far best quality of any remote desktop software i have yet come accross. Teamviewer is free for personal use and can be configured to be used locally (LAN).

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+1 This is your best bet. I have personally used Team Viewer on relative's computers to make software repairs & downloads. – Patriot Sep 25 '09 at 18:10
Team viewer sounds very much like LogMeIn Hamachi2 (the non-managed version) in the method that it uses for connections. – djangofan Feb 16 '10 at 21:04

Windows XP Home supports Remote Assistance.
See this article for detailed instructions on its use : "How to use remote assistance in Windows XP".

Remote Assistance is similar to Remote Desktop, only available in Windows XP Professional, but while Remote Desktop allows to connect to a host-computer without any user action on the host system, Remote Assistance requires a user to be present to accept an incoming connection.

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Use LogMeIn. It's free and very simple to use.

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This is an old answer, but sadly LogMeIn has done away with their free product. – Bert Jun 24 '14 at 20:51

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