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How to Enable Remote Desktop Web Connections in Windows XP Professional

This tech-recipe explains how to install and enable the Remote Desktop Web Connection add-in. With a remote desktop web connection, you can access your PC from any PC that has Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. This is useful for those of us with pocket PCs or PDAs or for those who want to access their PCs from a coffeeshop (i.e., macs).

Windows XP Professional
Always on/high-speed internet connection

The first thing we need to do is install the Remote Desktop Web Connection add-in (if it is not already installed).

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.

Then, click the Add/Remove Windows Components tab. On the Windows Components Wizard, click the Internet Information Services option, and then click Details.

A new window will pop up. Go to the World Wide Web Services option, click it, and then click Details.

On this new window, click the Remote Desktop Web Connection. Windows will automatically select the other required components to run this. Click OK on all of the windows, and then click Next on the Windows Components Wizard.

Let it finish installing.

Make sure to open up the Remote Desktop Web Connection port (if you use a firewall) and also be sure that, in Windows XP, your user is allowed remote connections. (Right-click My Computer > Properties > Remote > Remote Desktop : Allow Users to connect remotely to this computer.) Also, make sure your user has a password associated with his/her login name.

To access your PC via a browser, type in your home PC’s IP address, and add /tsweb.
For example: http://222.22.334.2/tsweb

You should be able to access your PC from any PC using IE5 or higher and no remote desktop client will be required.

Jimmy S
Jimmy S
Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.


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