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I try to use putty to connect to a remote desktop.(both computers windows based).

The connection is successfull but then Ptty asks me for the user name and password.

I'm an admin on the remote computer. So I enter remote computer's User name and password's password:
Access denied

My user name on remote computer is mrabc and I use the windows password.


Note: both computers are connected to internet. none are part of a private network.

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Why don't you just use the built-in remote desktop client within Windows? Why are you choosing to use Putty which isn't the best remote desktop client considering its only going to give you a terminal console. – Ramhound Aug 30 '13 at 17:15
What server are you using and is it Telnet or SSH? – gronostaj Aug 30 '13 at 17:48
@ Ramhound: this is for educational purposes/ – S Nash Aug 30 '13 at 18:13
@gronostaj: SSH – S Nash Aug 30 '13 at 18:13
@SNash What SSH Server software are you using? – Darth Android Aug 30 '13 at 18:25
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I'm not 100% sure because I only use putty to connect to linux. But I think putty is expecting a ssh user/password and not your Windows credentials. you need to configure ssh. Here is a tutorial setting up a ssh cliënt with openssh and cywgin. It should point you in the right direction. I hope it helps!

Ps, if you want to remote desktop to a windows client I recommend checking out remote desktop (which comes default with Windows) or even equally easy to use: teamviewer at

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I'm wel familiar with remote desktop. But Putty at least in theory should also be able to connect to a windows system. – S Nash Aug 30 '13 at 18:18
@SNash as long as you're running an ssh server on the windows box. – skarface Aug 30 '13 at 18:25
Yup, you're right, but you still need to configure ssh on Windows using openssh or a equivalent. It doesnt come with native ssh support as far as I know. – jansmolders86 Aug 30 '13 at 18:25
Link looks very promising. So I will use it and will update you. – S Nash Aug 30 '13 at 19:04

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