Maintaining Your System Configuration
3. To disable Remote Assistance, clear the “Allow Remote Assistance connections
to this computer” checkbox, and then click OK. Skip the remaining steps.
4. To enable Remote Assistance, check the “Allow Remote Assistance connections
to this computer” checkbox.
5. Click Advanced. This displays the Remote Assistance Settings dialog box shown
in Figure 20-10.
6. To allow assistants to view and control the computer, select the “Allow this
computer to be controlled remotely” checkbox. To provide view-only access to
the computer, clear this checkbox.
7. By default, Remote Assistance invitations are valid for six hours and then expire.
The helper must initiate a Remote Assistance session within this time limit. As
necessary, use the Invitations options to set a different time limit.
8. Because Windows Vista offers improved security and enhanced management,
you might want to create invitations that only computers running Windows
Vista or later can answer. If so, select the related checkbox.
9. Click OK to save your settings. See Chapter 21 for details on getting help.
Remote Desktop access
Remote Desktop is a feature you can use to connect to your home computer when
you are at work or to your work computer when you are at home. Unlike Remote
Assistance, this feature is not designed to allow someone to use a computer locally
while the computer is being access remotely. If someone is currently logged on to the
Figure 20-10. Configuring Remote Assistance options