When using Terminal Server Client, it is possible to access the Windows desktop (remote desktop), from an Ubuntu PC.

Is the reverse possible?

What is the Windows XP application used to connect to an Ubuntu desktop?

Is the default mstsc application sufficient? If yes, what are the required settings on Ubuntu and Windows?

I want to view the desktop, not just an SSH terminal access.

  • Another option is X2go. Tutorial available here
    – Pylou
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:19

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Yes, it is possible. You can use Teamviewer or VNC to do just that in a Windows system.

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    Teamviewer is pure awesomeness!!! +1 for Teamviewer! Jun 10, 2011 at 12:51

I used Remote Desktop to connect to my Ubuntu box. xrdp on the Ubuntu box is an adequate rdp server.

Tips here on getting it working if you're having problems with nothing displaying (except the background).


you can try tightVNC . And it's a simple guide to use tightVNC. Hope this helps

  • +1, it did worked for me...But it's not as clean as rdp
    – AIB
    Jun 17, 2011 at 13:36

If you have XP Professional, one can also use Remmina remote Desktop Client on the Ubuntu side and just straight RDP to get to the XP machine. Simple VNC viewer will work in reverse. I always liked UltraVNC on the XP side.

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