How to share desktop in Windows 7

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Thursday, August 5th, 2010 - Comments

Did you know that it is possible to share desktops quite easily? And did you know that this is even possible across different platforms? Thanks to modern technology it has never been easier to share a desktop between a Windows 7 PC and an iMac for example.

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The program that I use to share my desktop with other people is called Mikogo and it’s a total game-changer. Usually, it is pretty darn difficult to install VNC software and get it all running correctly, because the person on the other side also has to install the client and that can (for some) become a problem. With Mikogo you’re all set in a few minutes, because it’s a browser based sessions. You simply pass a link to the other person along with a password and you can then access their desktop. It’s definitely one of the most hassle-free remote desktop software tools that I know. Since it’s all browser-based, it will work with Linux, Mac, Windows.

Share mac desktop with Windows:
Mac Screen Sharing in Windows

You can use Mikogo to either simply share your desktop and show other people how to do things or you can also use it for remote access to control another PC.

Download Mikogo Portable
I’m a big fan of portable software. Luckily, you can take Mikogo wherever you go on a USB stick:

Download Mikogo Portable Version

For some specific tasks, you will still need a VNC software. UltraVNC for example is a decent remote desktop host/client for Windows 7.


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5 Responses to How to share desktop in Windows 7

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ken G said:

    I had been trying to use Remote assistance in Window, but found it quite slow over the internet with some connections, then I found Teamviewer. They also have a portable client, but it also allows you to define ways to speed up the session and includes the means to file transfer, etc.
    There is an installable client as well as a portable Quick Support client that you can have the other party download and run so you can connect. I have not tried it on a Mac, but they may have a client for Macs, or one in the works. It is also free for personal use, or you can purchase licensing for a corporate environment.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Andrew Donnelly, Mikogo Web Conferencing said:

    Hi Oliver,

    Thanks a lot for that write-up on Mikogo. Great to hear that you’re enjoying our screen sharing software, in particular the portable version.
    We’re working on the upcoming launch of Mikogo Version 4. Follow us on Twitter or our RSS feed to hear the latest news about the new software.

    Regards,

    Andrew Donnelly
    The Mikogo Team
    Twitter: @Mikogo

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Nicolas Briones said:

    Even more simple. Just execute msra (remote assistance) in Windows 7.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Tamarack said:

    Yea, no kidding. MSRA could not be any easier and there’s no need for yet another ‘fix’ for something that isn’t broken.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Eugene said:

    This is also good.
    The software works well, Ammyy Admin doesn’t require installation or specific config, works behind gateways NAT as well as within one LAN.

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