I have been trying to remotely access my Windows laptop from my Ubuntu 16.04 laptop without any success. Things that I tried:

  1. RDP in Windows: My Windows 10 Home has no option to activate remote desktop server.

  2. I installed realVNC on Windows and the vncserver showed me the following things:

    • Connectivity: computerName belongs to computerName's Team, connecting user see this information when they sign in to VNC Viewer.
    • Security: Identity check: when prompted, connecting users should check for matching details.
    • Signature: 8 pairs of alphanumerics separated by dashes
    • Catchphrase: A strange sentence
  3. Tried to use Remmina on Ubuntu - entered the following:

    • Name: ComputerName
    • Group: ComputerName's Team
    • Protocol: VNC - Virtual Network Computing
    • Basic: IP address of the Windows PC
    • User name: Windows user name
    • Password: Windows PC password
    • Color depth: True Color (24 bit)
    • Quality: Poor (fastest)

    Tried to connect... doesn't work.

  4. Installed x11vnc and tried commands like:

    x11vnc -display :0 -connect WindowsIP

    didn't work.

    x11vnc -display :0 -connect computerName@WindowsIP

    although no idea where to insert the windows password!

I would really appreciate a clear and step by step list of instructions.

  • LogMeIn Pro may suit your needs, but it doesn't officially support Linux and it's expensive. – wjandrea Apr 6 '17 at 21:02


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