How to Set Up Remote Desktop Lite

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How to Set Up Remote Desktop Lite
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Remote Desktop Lite (RDP) is an application designed by software developer MochaSoft for use on Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. According to MochaSoft, "Using your iPhone, you can connect to your Windows work computer and see the files, programs, and resources exactly as you would if you were sitting at your desk, just on a smaller screen." Remote Desktop Lite is free and works with Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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    Setting up Windows

  1. 1

    Click on "Start" and then click on "Control Panel." Select the "Performance and Maintenance" category or the "System" category if you are in the Windows classic theme.

  2. 2

    Click on "System" and then select the "Remote Settings" or "Remote" tab. Check the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" checkbox and click "OK." Exit the "Remote Settings" menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Start" menu again, type "command" in the search box and click "Command Prompt." This will open your computer's MS-DOS prompt. Type "ipconfig" when the DOS prompt pops up and hit "Enter." Copy down your IP address as generated in DOS.

    Setting up Remote Desktop Lite

  1. 1

    Download and install the Remote Desktop Lite application from the Apple App Store on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

  2. 2

    Ensure that your device's Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE connection is enabled and launch the RDP application.

  3. 3

    Enter your Windows IP information as per Section 1. Leave the port number to the default in RDP. Add user info and password only if your Windows is password protected. Click "Connect." You are now remotely connected to your desktop.

  4. 4

    Scroll your desktop using your fingers on the device's touchscreen interface.

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