With a virtual private network (VPN), you can use the Remote Desktop software — which is included with Windows 7 — to securely connect to your computer on your home network and control it remotely. Remember that a virtual private network (VPN) also allows you to connect to your Windows 7 home network securely over the Internet to access files and resources, such as printers.

There are also third-party remote access/remote control programs available on the Internet at little or no cost. Examples include GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, and a variety of flavors of VNC (virtual network computing; for example, RealVNC, TightVNC, and UltraVNC).


Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click System and Security.

The System and Security window appears.


Click System.

The System window appears.


In the left pane, click Remote Settings.

The System Properties dialog box appears.


From the Remote tab, select Allow Connections Only from Computers Running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (More Secure). Click Select Users.

If you will be connecting to this computer using a version of Windows other than Windows 7 (for example, Windows XP or Windows 2003), select Allow Connections from Computers Running Any Version of Remote Desktop (Less Secure); then click Select Users.


In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.

The Select Users dialog box appears.


Type the usernames of anyone you want to allow access to your computer via Remote Desktop. Click the Check Names button to verify that the account names exist on your computer, and then click OK.

The Remote Desktop Users dialog box appears again, with the usernames added to the list box.


Click OK.

The System Properties dialog box appears again.


Click OK again.

The setup of Remote Desktop is complete.