1.    15 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10

    Remote Desktop Connection Explained - Question remote XP?

    Hi. I just viewed Kari Finn's clearly explained Remote Desktop Connection on Win10 and how to connect to remote computer, thank you for that. Good job! In my case though, I use Win XP Home edition. Do I have to have Win XP Pro edition to connect on RDC to Win 10 host using Hyper-V virtual creation?
    Also, if that is the case, how can I reboot my remote computer XP OS and get onto the Start Up Menu page? The keyboard command is released to my Win 10 host computer on start up and I don't have access to keyboard commands (such as F8) until Win XP has been fully booted up. How do I access that Start Up menu page otherwise?
    This would be helpful for me to know. Thanks.
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  2.    16 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Hi Hibs, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    You simply cannot use Windows XP Home as remote host, meaning you cannot connect to it using the Remote Desktop Connection. There are some hacks around the Internet but I very strongly advice against them.
    A workaround, in case you have or can find a valid Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate license is to install Windows 7 on a Hyper-V virtual machine, then install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode on that virtual machine. Works perfectly giving you Windows XP Pro SP3.

    If the mouse and keyboard are released by the Windows XP vm back to host, you simply need to bring the pointer on the vm and click to get them back to vm. The F8 keyboard shortcut when booting XP up works then totally normally bringing up the advanced options boot menu:

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    To release the mouse and keyboard back to host, press CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW.

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