Mar 162008

If you want to enable remote desktop on a windows xp machine remotely use one of the following solutions

Solution 1

Go to Start—>Run—> Type cmd click ok

Before running this commands you need to make sure remote user has administrator access to their machine.Now you need to type the following commands one by one

netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable

netsh firewall set service remotedesktop enable

remoteadmin = remote administration

remotedesktop = remote assistance and remote desktop

Solution 2

Using Registry editor

Click on Start—>Run—>Type regedit click ok

Now you need to Select File –> Connect Network registry

Enter the name of the remote computer and select Check Name

At the bottom of the registry tree you will see two new Hives appear Hkey_Local_Machine and Hkey_Users (under the remote computer’s name)

Goto Hkey_Local_Machine \system\currentcontrolset\control\terminal server\ from left pane

Change the following value from right pane



FdenyTSConnections to 0

Now you try to remote control your remote machine it should work without any problem.

Solution 3

Using psexec

You need to download psexec from here

Utilities like Telnet and remote control programs like Symantec’s PC Anywhere let you execute programs on remote systems, but they can be a pain to set up and require that you install client software on the remote systems that you wish to access. PsExec is a light-weight telnet-replacement that lets you execute processes on other systems, complete with full interactivity for console applications, without having to manually install client software. PsExec’s most powerful uses include launching interactive command-prompts on remote systems and remote-enabling tools like IpConfig that otherwise do not have the ability to show information about remote systems.

Note: some anti-virus scanners report that one or more of the tools are infected with a “remote admin” virus. None of the PsTools contain viruses, but they have been used by viruses, which is why they trigger virus notifications.


Just copy PsExec onto your executable path. Typing “psexec” displays its usage syntax.

PsExec works on Windows Server 2008, Vista, NT 4.0, Win2K, Windows XP and Server 2003 including x64 versions of Windows.

To enable remote access to a machine via the command line, type the following commands

psexec \\remotecomputername netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable

psexec \\remotecomputername netsh firewall set service remotedesktop enable

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