Microsoft's Remote Desktop functionality is built right into Windows, and allows a secondary computer's
desktop to be shown in a window right on your local desktop. This window can be maximized to take up an entire
display, at which point it looks like a regular desktop.
In other words, if your primary computer has multiple monitors, you can easily dedicate one to a full-screen
remote desktop session and it will look like this:
Close up, a typical remote desktop session looks like a normal desktop, with the addition of a
small connection status bar at the top:
After following the instructions on this page, you will be able to use Remote Desktop to seamlessly interact
with one or more "Remote" computers all from your primary computer. You can then run SteadyMouse on your
primary computer and it will work fine as you interact with the remote computer(s) over Remote Desktop.
Remote Computer Setup
The remote computer should be the "less physically accessible" one. Perhaps it doesn't even have a monitor connected.
It can literally be in a "Remote" location as long as it's still on your network, hence the name.
Tip: There can even be more than one of these computers if you want to have
multiple remote desktop sessions at once!
In order to use a computer remotely, we need to do a little bit of setup on it first. Login to this soon-to-be remote
computer and we'll walk through the necessary changes:
- From the Start Menu, notice the User Name. It's necessary to know this later because Remote Desktop requires you to log-in.
- Next, right click "Computer" and then click "Properties" from the menu that appears.
- Make note of the computer's name. We'll need this later to tell Remote Desktop what computer we wish to connect to. Then click
- Click Yes, if a popup asks "Do you want the following program to make changes to this computer?"
- Select the "Allow connections..." option pointed to by the arrow. This allows Remote Desktop to be used. Then click "Select Users"
- Click "Add"
- Here we tell Windows what users are allowed to use Remote Desktop. Enter the user name you noted in the first step. Then click OK
- Now you should see your user name. This will be the one you login with later from your primary computer. "Click "OK" to finish.
- Click OK once more and close out of all the windows we opened.
- This computer should now be ready to be used remotely.
- Proceed to Local Computer Setup for instructions to get your primary computer to
connect to this remote PC.