Windows 7 vs Windows Vista Remote Access

MicroSoft keeps improving features with every new version of the Windows operating system that they issue.  One capability of Windows that has seen great advancements over time, is their Remote Desktop application.  With Remote Desktop, you can remotely control a computer from another office, from home, or while traveling. This allows you to use data, programs, and network resources from anywhere with internet access.

Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 include built-in Remote Desktop applications that are installed by default at no extra charge.  The following is an explanation and comparison of the the Remote Desktop features that are available with each of these operating systems.

Windows Vista

Remote Desktop is only available in the Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions of this operating system.  It is not available for the home based programs.

Remote Control Over Desktop –  Clients are able to watch the application like a screen cast, or an interactive viewer, that is able to interact in real time, as mouse and keyboard events are redirected from the client to the hosting computer.  Vista includes the ability to facilitate administrative operations remotely, as well.

Network Printer Redirection – the ability to print at remote locations without changing printing configurations.

Redirection of Local Drives – enhances the ability of easy transfer between the local host and remote computer.

Bandwidth Reduction – Using compression and caching techniques, data is transferred at a faster rate.

Clip Board Mapping – Clients can delete, copy, and paste materials between computers.

Multi-Party Desktop Sharing Capability.

Strong TLS/SSL authentication and FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) grade encryption for secure use without a VPN.

Windows 7

Remote Desktop for Windows 7 is only available in the Professional, Business, and Ultimate versions of the program.

Windows 7 provides all the same features as Windows Vista.  Plus, has made the following enhancements:

Supports real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games, thus allowing use of DirectX 10, without limits.

Includes desktop core performance enhancements, including Windows 7 Aero which mixes cool graphics with useful new ways to view/manage your computer, DirectShow support, Low Latency audio playback support, Bi-directional audio support, and True Multi-Monitor Support.

Configures application to set up the Remote Desktop program from a remote location, when necessary.

Launches and subscribes to all the host computer’s remote app programs and desktops which are then listed in the remote computer’s local Start Menu.

Windows provides the tools that are needed to successfully activate and manage a desktop sharing program over either a local network, or across the internet.  They also support numerous 3rd party remote access applications.  However, Windows includes RDP service for free, and likely provides all of the features you need to receive the benefits.

When a connection is made between an off-site computer and a hosting computer by a remote desktop program, it supplies the ability to share information within a company, deliver IT support in an efficient manner, and conveniently provide access to data, when it is needed.  Overall, Windows Remote Desktop application can make a business more profitable.  It assist in saving time and cutting back on unnecessary expenses, while increasing employee performance and productivity.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.