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I need to be able to remote connect to an IP address but, since I have Windows 8 Home and not PRO (where Remote Desktop App is included) I can't use the one of Windows. Can I get an other program that will allow me to remote connect using an IP address? Please help.

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I believe you should look into LogMeIn –  Darius Apr 6 '13 at 20:11
You should be able to run mstsc /v IPADDRESSHERE. But, that machine running on that IP address needs to be running a SKU of Windows that supports being connected to via RDP, AND that machine on that IP address also needs to have TCP port 3389 open on its firewall. –  Mark Allen Apr 6 '13 at 22:54
mstsc /v IPADDRESSHERE can you give me more information on this –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 23:12
I'm connecting to a windows server 2003 R2 does that help that's what I will be connected too –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 23:13

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try VNC for Windows from www.realvnc.com

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will this allow be to remote connect with an IP –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 20:08
@LoriFisher yes it will. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 6 '13 at 20:10
from what I read I don't believe that will work I need to go from my home pc to an IP where I will log in once I connect. Nothing seems to be working. I'm not to sure but Mircosofts only answer was to upgrade to Pro. That can be all I can do –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 20:15
Can you just clarify what are you trying to achieve? Trying to remote on the LAN to different PC? Or trying to remote to a different PC over the WAN? In the case of LAN the VNC solution work pretty nice. In the WAN you need to check if the IP is dynamic or just sign up of Dynamic DNS such as No-IP but if you go the route of LogMeIn you don't need that. –  Darius Apr 6 '13 at 21:02
Sorry I'm not sure all I know is I need to log into another place using just an IP address. then when I get there I log in with a user name and password. They said the remote connect app would work but I have the wrong version of windows8 or so I'm told –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:27

All you are getting are random shots in the dark.

First, do you have physical access to the computer you want to remote into, to be able to install remote server software? If you do, then you can use VNC, or Logmein, or TeamViewer as suggested. You would sit down at that computer, install the Server portion of the software, and set up any port routing on that end to allow you access by remote. Then, you would run the client portion of the program or service you are using once you are at your remote location, and connect.

For example, if you used one of the many VNC installations out there, like RealVNC as suggested, you would install the VNC server on the remote machine. Then, you would forward ports 5900 and 5800 (I'll get to why in a moment) through the router at that remote location. Why both? Because one of the wonderful things about VNC, is that you don't HAVE to actually install the client portion. You can go to ANY web browser and connect to the remote IP address with a :5800 on the end...


... and you will load a JAVA remote control client that you can use to remotely access that computer.

However, and this is important enough to repeat, you need to have physical access at some point to be able to install the server portion of these choices before you can start to remotely access these computers.

Now, if you do not have physical access to this computer, then you need to state that specifically in your question. For example, if a friend in another country decided to give you remote access while they went on vacation, and they are not there now. They gave you their IP address, and said "Oh, just use the Windows Remote Desktop Client." This is the specific information we need to know. Why? Because if that is the case, then all the suggestions to use VNC, or TeamViewer, or LogMeIn, are therefore useless since you can't install the server portion of the software.

I'm not sure where you got your information that your only option for accessing a computer using Windows 8 and the Windows Remote Desktop Client is to upgrade your version of Windows 8, because there is a Windows 8 Remote Desktop Client app available for download in the Windows Store. The only requirement listed is that you are using some version of Windows 8. You did not say whether or not you tried to download this free app and use it. So, that's my suggestion. Follow the link, download the App from Microsoft, and try it.

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I have the Ap and have tried so I called Mircosoft and was told by many that the remote desktop ap will not work with anything less than windows 8 pro. As far as the rest I have the IP address to where I want to connect, no contact with that computer at all –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:30
The Windows 8 ap information came from Windows support and Microsoft support. I was told that I would have to upgrade to Pro to use remote connect –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:32
Also I am one of many employee's that do this just for me it wont work so I know they are all set on the other side. –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:33
sorry I wasn't clear enough I'm very stressed and confused from all the effort that has gone into this. –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:35
I'm connecting to a windows server 2003 R2 does that help that's what I will be connected too –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 23:05

It's only the RDP Service that cannot run on Home edition. The RDP Client works fine on any Windows edition. Microsoft clearly states in their Remote Desktop FAQ that the client works on any version of Windows 8 - only the service (Running on the machine you want to connect to) requires Pro. See their FAQ here.

Just go to the start screen with all the tiles and type "mstsc" and you should see the "Remote Desktop Connection" application.

If it doesn't show up, go to Windows Store and download the Remote Desktop App.

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I want to go from my PC to another IP address –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 21:33
See my updated answer. –  OakNinja Apr 6 '13 at 22:04
I have the ap it's not working which is why I called support and they are telling me the thing about having to have windows 8 Pro. That's why I'm looking for another way to do this without using the ap –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 22:10
I tried it on one of my Windows 8 Home machines, and it works perfectly for me. Microsoft states in their FAQ that it does indeed work: windows.microsoft.com/is-is/windows-8/remote-desktop-faq –  OakNinja Apr 6 '13 at 22:13
So then maybe it's my settings idk just repeating what I was told that it would not work from my windows 8 version. I have followed all the directions but still nothing that is why I was hoping there was something else –  Lori Fisher Apr 6 '13 at 22:15

Yes, you should check out http://www.tightvnc.com/it will do just about everything rdc(remote desktop connection) will do, for free.

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Try using Teamviewer, it's free for personal use.

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Why has this been downvoted? This is a valid answer –  pratnala Apr 7 '13 at 13:51

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