Chapter 20: Handling Routine Maintenance and Troubleshooting
desktop locally and then you try to log on remotely, the local desktop locks automat-
ically and the remote user can then access all of the currently running applications
just as if she were sitting at the keyboard. If no one is logged on locally and you try to
log on remotely, Windows creates a new user session and you are then able to work
with the computer remotely just as if you were sitting at the keyboard.
Remote Desktop is not enabled by default. You can configure Remote Desktop
access by completing these steps:
1. In the Control Panel, click System and Maintenance and then click System.
2. On the System page, click Remote Settings in the left pane. This opens the Sys-
tem Properties dialog box to the Remote tab.
3. To disable Remote Desktop, select “Don’t allow connections to this computer”
and then click OK. Skip the remaining steps.
4. To enable Remote Desktop, you can select “Allow connections from computers
running any version of Remote Desktop” to allow connections from any version
of Windows, or you can select “Allow connections only from computers run-
ning Remote Desktop with network level authentication” to allow connections
only from Windows Vista or later computers (and computers with secure net-
5. By default, only users who have Administrator accounts on your computer can
connect remotely to your computer. You can manage access for other users
using the following techniques:
• To allow users with standard user accounts to connect remotely to your
computer, click “Select users.” In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box,
shown in Figure 20-11, click Add. Use the Select User or Group dialog box
to specify the user or group who should be granted remote desktop access
and then click OK.
• To revoke remote access permissions for a user account, click “Select users.”
In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, select the account to remove and
then click Remove.
6. Click OK to save your settings.
General Maintenance Tools
Windows Vista provides a wide range of tools to help you maintain your computer.
They include the following:
Allows you to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest hot fixes and secu-
Allows you to check disk drives for files that aren’t needed