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    Screen-Sharing Between 8 and 7?

    Hi there -

    Iím running Windows 7 Pro, and need to connect to a friendís computer thatís running Windows 8. The goal is simple: for me to see his screen, so I can help troubleshoot an issue.

    I believe GoToMeeting, WebEx, and the like charge for this service.

    Does anyone know if Windows has a free, or built-in, tool for screen-sharing between versions 7 and 8?

    Thanks a million!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon5 View Post
    ...I’m running Windows 7 Pro, and need to connect to a friend’s computer that’s running Windows 8...I believe GoToMeeting, WebEx, and the like charge for this service...Does anyone know if Windows has a free, or built-in, tool...
    Win7 Pro has "Remote Desktop Connection" built in.

    Start\All Programs\Accessories\Remote Desktop Connection

    But you might find TeamViewer, as suggested by RG, easier to use.
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    Thanks, RG! This looks great!

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    Thanks, Coochin! I should have mentioned that I'm aware of Remote Desktop Connection, but have no idea how to use it--it doesn't seem use-friendly. Thanks again.

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    I have used Remote Desktop Connection many times, but it is pretty picky.

    The relevant operating system is the one you are remoteing into. If you want to use your Windows 7 desktop to look at a Windows 8 system, the Windows 8 system has to be Windows 8 Pro.

    If the Windows 8 Pro system that you want to remote into is behind a router, you have use the IP address of the router to access the router and set up the router to enable forwarding to the Network Address Translation IP of the computer. You may be able to do this remotely, but more likely you will need physical access to a computer on the NAT side of the router.

    Even if you can set up the router, there is a good chance that your ISP has blocked the ports that you need.

    If you can get through all of that, Remote Desktop Connection is great.

    If you are on site, and can connect your computer to the NAT sub-net, it's easy to do, but then, you could just get on the computer you wanted to look at.

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    Thanks, Prescott!

    Short response: Oy!

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