Remote Desktop Services of Windows 7 was known as Terminal Services in earlier version of windows. It allows a user to access applications and data on a remote computer over a network. From your computer at home you can access all the programs and computers that you would normally need to be at work to use. A network connection gives you access to all of these resources, located in one easily accessible folder on your computer. Working on these resources is as easy as though they were on your Desktop.

First you need to setup a connection on your Windows 7 computer. Once done follow the following steps for using RemoteApp:

1.       Click the Start button -> All Programs -> RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.

2.       Select the connection you want to access.

3.       Click the Desktop or Program you want to access.

4.       Click Connect in the Dialog Box that appears. Make sure that you trust the program or desktop you are accessing.

5.       Once connected, the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections icon will appear in the notification area.

RemoteApp uses the remote Desktop or Program in a way as if it’s a local access, but what if the remote computers application or program is updated?

If the user of remote computer makes any changes to the available resources, your remote connection is updated automatically. If you want to update it manually then go to Control Panel on your Windows 7 computer and open RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. Right click on the connection you want to upgrade and then click on properties->Update Now.

One should note that all the versions of Windows 7 include Remote Connection but the access is limited based on the edition.

Remote Desktop connection can be initiated from any edition of Windows 7

Connection can be made to the computers running on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise.

Computers running on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium cannot be connected using Remote Desktop from other computers.

In Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions, Remote Desktop Connection supports the use of multiple displays in a remote session. To enable Multiple Monitors Support, go to the Remote Desktop Connections window and click on Options -> Display. Under the Display tab select “Use all my monitors for the remote session” check box.

By default Remote Desktop Connection uses the standard port 3389, but you can change it for extra security. When you log on, type the name of the remote computer followed by a colon and the port number.