best free VNC software?

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by Taurus, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    i swore i asked this a long time ago and i can't find the thread and a search for "VNC" doesn't turn up anything.

    since the free version of realvnc doesn't work on Win7, what's the best program to use? something leightweight and simple is good.

    i would like to use the built-in remote desktop feature, but it asks me to log in and i obviously can't log in as the user that's already logged in.

    this is for the pc that stores all my media and does my downloading.
     
  2. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

    Messages:
    7,027
    Location:
    Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
    mstsc /console and you can login as the current user without disconnecting the session - atleast I could on win2k3
     
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    this is all i get. i made sure all the "remote desktop" and "remote access" services were started on both machines.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,076
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    windows Vista/7/Server 2008 the "/console" switch is no longer used. The new switch is "/admin"
    Code:
    mstsc /admin
    That being said, Taurus, what OS are you trying to connect to? Have you checked firewall settings on both sides?

    Also, if you want to stick with VNC, have you looked at UltraVNC or TightVNC?
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

    Messages:
    4,252
    Location:
    UK
    I get that message all the time when NOD32 Security Suite (firewall) is enabled. I have no idea how to get Remote Desktop to work without disabling the firewall.
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    i'm using Win7 x64 RC to connect to Win7 x64 RC. I just tried turning off the firewall on both machines and i get the same error.

    i've tried TightVNC and Ultra VNC before and don't remember why I didn't use them. guess it's time to try again...

    ~a while later...~

    okay, TightVNC seems to have a problem displaying the whole screen area of the server. it shows about %70 of the total area starting with the upper left corner. i think it has to do with the fact that i have everything resized to 150% on that computer for ease of use on a tv, but i didn't find out exactly.

    UltraVNC doesn't want to work with it's "vista" video driver and is pretty slow/delayed when i turn it off. sort of annoying but it works for now.

    i would rather do without a 3rd party app to accomplish something that the operating system has built-in and probably does a better job at.
     
  7. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

    Messages:
    1,124
    Location:
    Miami, Fl
    If you dont mind having a process on the host with a beacon, try www.logmein.com its free. This is what I use to connect to my home PC from anywhere.

    Otherwise, mstsc works fine... Maybe try adding a rule to the NOD32 firewall to let you through?