How to Connect a Windows 7 Computer to a Windows XP

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How to Connect a Windows 7 Computer to a Windows XP
Connect to a Windows XP computer using Windows 7. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Even though Windows XP and 7 are different versions of Windows, you can still connect a computer running Windows 7 to an XP computer using Remote Desktop Connection. Remote Desktop Connection is a utility in Windows that allows you to log in to a remote computer directly from your computer's desktop. However, before you can use the utility on your Windows 7 computer, you must enable it on the Windows XP computer. To connect to the Windows XP computer, you also need to know the XP computer's name.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Enable Remote Desktop on the Windows XP Computer

  1. 1

    Click "Start" on the Windows XP computer, and then right-click "My Computer."

  2. 2

    Click "Properties" from the pop-up menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Remote" tab, and then click the "Allow Users to Connect Remotely to This Computer" check box.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to confirm the change when prompted on the pop-up window. Click "OK" on the open windows to close them.

    Connect to the Windows XP Computer

  1. 1

    Click "Start" on the Windows 7 computer, and then type "Remote Desktop Connection" in the search box. Press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Click "Remote Desktop Connection" from the results list.

  3. 3

    Type the name of the XP computer in the "Computer" box, and then click "Connect" to connect to the XP computer.

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