With Chrome Remote Desktop, you can stream your Windows PC over the internet to your Chromebook, MacBook, Linux device, or other phone or tablet.
Excellent remote control/access software. Cross platform. Free For Private, Non-Commercial Use. Easy to use…
TeamViewer also works in the other direction: Show your own desktop to a partner over the Internet and demonstrate your own software, solutions and presentations.
Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.
- If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
- On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
- Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.
I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.
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Even if you conscientiously save your data to the cloud, there always comes a time when you’re away from your home or office and need to edit a file that’s stuck on that computer. Or you’ll be sitting in a hotel room and have to run a program on your home PC. Maybe you’re out and about and want to run a desktop app on your phone. That’s where remote desktop tools come in. Once configured, these programs allow you to securely connect to a computer from another device. You’ll be able to fully control your computer from any location, and it’ll almost be like actually sitting down to the real machine from afar.
Download and install the software for your operating system on the computer or device you are connecting from and on the Windows/Linux/Mac computer you want to connect to. You can easily share a remote desktop or control a server over any network. No matter where you are, NoMachine makes it safe and easy to quickly access a remote desktop within a few seconds.
NoMachine works on the following platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and ARM
The first selection today I point you to “The Portable Freeware” web site to download TeamViewer. This is a good selection if you need to remote into a PC to assist Mom and Dad (or others). TeamViewer is a well-seasoned screen sharing, remote control, and collaboration tool.
You may have known that Microsoft is currently working on changing the Microsoft Edge browser and is using Chromium as its’ base. If you currently use Chrome, you will be right at home with Edge. If you go to “Major Geeks”, you can download the canary version of Edge. For you folks at home; anytime you see the terms, “canary, alpha, beta”, these are test versions and have not been released to the public in general.
Finally, I am seeing where Firefox version 70.0 has been released. I never thought I would see the day where software versions reach into the high double digits, but here we are. This version is about 8 digits higher than my age–LOL. Anyhow, Firefox is an excellent browser that you should consider that is available on my platforms.
Feel free to comment and share your software finds. You can find a whole slew of downloads HERE … that are updated daily.
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TeamViewer is a software that allows you to share your desktop via the Internet.
WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.
TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. It is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. Protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.
Find out what’s using your internet connection
Remotely control or access another computer over the internet
Best PDF Tools is a complete suite of free tools designed for conversion, shaping, and protection of your PDF documents. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 15.7 MB ]
Source: Major Geeks
VNC Connect (formerly RealVNC Free) is remote access and control software for an unrivaled mix of Windows, Mac, UNIX and Linux computers. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 19.4 MB ]
Years gone by, when I was an IT Manager I often used remote access software to assist users on the network. Some of the names mentioned in this roundup, I am familiar with; others, are new to me…
The reasons why anyone would need computer remote control are almost as diverse as there are users. Some telecommuting users need to access their work computer from home. Others do the opposite and want to access their home computer from work. Or perhaps your organization’s IT department needs the ability to remotely control its user’s computers to fix problems. No matter what the reason, controlling remote computers is a key component of many organizations.
YESTERDAY I posted an option to remotely access your files on your computer using Microsoft’s OneDrive (Remotely Fetch files on your PC Using OneDrive); and, TODAY I will give you another option called “Tonido”.
I currently use Tonido to turn my main computer at home into a cloud server, which allows me to access my files from a remote computer (through a web browser) and/or my smartphone (via the Tonido app).
Tonido Server allows you to access all your files on your computer from a web browser, smartphone, tablet or even DLNA enabled devices.
Simple setup. Start your own Personal Cloud in minutes.
Easy to get started: just install the Tonido Server software and your computer turns into a private cloud server.
Easy to remember link to your computer. e.g.: http://john.tonidoID.com
Ideal as a personal cloud server or a home cloud server. Your files reside on your computer not on a third party server.
Your Own Free Personal Cloud
Did you know, if you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the “Fetch Files Feature” to access all your files on that PC from another PC by going to the OneDrive website? For example, this feature would allow you to remotely access your computer at home to download files, stream videos and browse photos.
If you would like to learn how to set up a PC to Fetch files so you can browse its files from OneDrive using any computer, click on the source link below.
TechRepublic has a nice post on a program, called Tonido, that I presently use to remotely access files/folders on a computer I have setup. Tonido is especially useful if you are a self-employed IT Pro. I encourage you to visit TechRepublic to learn how to install Tonido.
Below are some key points quoted from the article:
Tonido turns a desktop into your own personal cloud, making it simple to gain access to your files and folders from the cloud via browser or mobile app. There are two versions of Tonido: Personal and FileCloud.
Tonido doesn’t store your data on its servers. In fact, the only thing Tonido’s service does is serve as a redirect to your desktop. With encrypted passwords (make sure to set a very strong one here), you should be good to go in terms of security.