You can if it has Remote Desktop Connection.
All you need is a password & username for the machine you use at home, and the IP should be static.
All you'll then need to do is connect to your home machine via Remote Desktop Connection and you'll take FULL control of the machine at home...... or so it goes.
Since the topic of connecting via Remote Desktop has been brought up, I'll give you the short-and-sweet on that. Note: I've never used Home so I don't know if you can Remote to it.
On your Home machine right-click on My Computer - Properties. See if there is a Remote tab (if there isn't then you're probably SOL for using this specific method). If there is then click on it and check the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" box. Then click on "Select Remote Users" and make sure the username you use to log into the pc is listed there. If it isn't -- then add it. Now...voila! You should be able to connect.
I just checked on my home laptop - you CAN allow remote users... is the good news.... you CANNOT Select is the bad....
[EDIT] Despite my parlous state I played around a bit and it does not look good for a "natural" solution with home - I think M$ were counting on a few upgrade fees here..... either that or it is the devil I do not know - AKA PC-Anywhere (beware SP2 with that one!) [/EDIT]
OK sorry for delay but my ISP crapped out on me and I walked the dog ... (honest!)
Anyway - just tried from my Pro desktop to my Home laptop - it gives an option to browse for computers in my workgroup then tells me it does not contain any terminal servers - if I enter my comp name it says could not connect and implies client has not enabled (although I have)....
Interested to hear if you have more success and how though!
ok i dont have a static ip address at home, but correct me if i'm wrong, can i just go to ipconfig each day to get the newly assigned ip address, and leave my pc on so it keeps the ip, also am i right in thinking i need to connect to my Home pc (windows xp home) via VPN first before i use remote desktop connection?
Actually, Remote Desktop would be easier, since it's already built into the OS and you don't need to install or configure additional software.
With that said, I've personally found that UltraVNC (or any other VNC flavor) is more responsive over an internet connection. Remote Desktop lags a little more, but it's perfect for an internal LAN.
For ultimate simplicity, there is even a Java viewer, so that any desktop can be controlled remotely from within a browser without having to install software............
....You can download a copy of VNC here
NetRyder is right, RD is built in, but a pain in the butt IMO and slower as he said. Here's my solution: Go to http://www.dyndns.org/services/dyndns/ and sign up for a DynDNS account. It's free. Pick a name i.e. lancer.dyndns.org etc... pick out one of the recomended client programs to install on your home pc...I use DeeEnEs myself..install it and VNC on your home pc, install VNC on your work pc and viola, you're done! Now, when you open VNC Viewer at work, you will connect to your DynDNS name..i.e. lancer.dyndns.org or whatever you choose..instead of having to know your ip address all the time. The DeeEnEs client will update DynDNS with your ip every time it changes. It works great, just make sure you set a good password and/or lock your home firewall to only accept a connection from your work ip address. There is a good "How To" on the DynDNS link that will probably explain it much better than I did. It is very easy to do, much easier than I made it sound! Let me know how it works out, or if you need any help, ok?
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS