ever want to connect to another computer running windows 7?  i’ve got a desktop at home running 8 gb of ram, so i configured remote desktop services to allow connections from a work laptop.

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the first thing i had to do was configure my new desktop computer to allow remote desktop connections in control panel - system

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then choose the types of connections and optionally select users that have rights to connect remotely

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on a desktop or laptop that is set to sleep or hibernate, you are given a warning to turn that off.

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from my work notebook (which doesn’t have 8 gb of ram of a gigantic hard drive) i used the remote desktop connection program to simulate a local windows 7 experience by changing a couple settings under options

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the first setting was under local resources to allow recordings using my laptop’s microphone to be saved remotely to the desktop computer (this also enables telephony applications like office communicator)

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the other setting was under the experience tab.  i selected desktop composition so i have the thumbnails on the taskbar programs and other windows 7 features that i have become used to within my session (you can also choose a faster connection speed and certain capabilities are turned on automatically)

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once i connected to my computer remotely i now have the windows 7 desktop experience from where ever i have my laptop.

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how cool is it to record a sound file from a system remotely?

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playback also works remotely just fine.