The Windows Remote Desktop Connection tool is a utility used on Windows XP and Vista that allows you to remotely connect one computer to another over a local network or through the internet. This is useful when you need to monitor or control your remote computer without being physically close to it.
Right-click on the "My Computer" icon on your Windows XP computer. Select the "Remote" tab, check the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" check box and then click the "OK" button.
Click the "Start" button on your Vista computer. Click on "All Programs," select "Accessories" and then click "Remote Desktop Connection."
Type in the IP address or local network name for the XP computer in the Remote Desktop Connection window and click the "Connect" button.
Enter the user name and password for the XP computer and click the "OK" button. Click "Yes" on the pop-up that appears. You will now be able to remotely control your XP computer.
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