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Date: 2012sep23
OS: Windows

Q.  What's the best way to use a Windows machine remotely?

A.

UltraVNC
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UltraVNC is the best VNC client/server.  For one it supports file transfers.
If you have no NAT issues use this.

To access a NATed server, see:
http://www.davekb.com/search.php?target=server+behind+NAT

I like VNC because there are implementations on nearly every platform.
No charge for any use.
http://www.uvnc.com/

Team Viewer
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TeamViewer is great for getting around NATs.
No change for personal use.  Charge for business use.
http://www.teamviewer.com

Unified Remote
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This is an Android app and Windows server.
Requires Windows dot-net framework.  Its call "unified" because
it contains a bunch of little remotes for different program that
you may want to control on your Windows box from your Android device.
(eg Power, XBMC/Kodi, JRiver, etc).  The free version has some remotes.
You need to buy the full ($3.75) app to get them all.
http://www.unifiedremote.com/

Remote Desktop Protocol
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Windows has a builtin app called Remote Desktop.
But you need the "Pro" or better version of Windows to have it.

To access a NATed server, see:
http://www.davekb.com/search.php?target=server+behind+NAT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol

Other issues
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Some issues with any remote control app are...

- NAT
- Encryption
- Speed/Efficiency
- Cost
- Availability

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