Saturday, December 5, 2009

Windows 7 Remote Desktop Connection for XP and Vista

Like most Windows 7 technologies, the Remote Desktop Connection feature of Windows 7 has undergone a number of changes. Most notable changes for the end users include multiple monitor support, audio recording redirection, Windows Aero support within a remote desktop session, etc apart from a number of changes to the underlying service.

The Redmond company has released a new Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or SP2, and Windows XP SP3. The RDC 7 ensures that when connecting to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 from an XP or Vista machines you are able to take advantage of the rich, advanced RDP7 features such as Media Player Redirection, True Multi-monitor support, etc. However, connecting to a Windows XP or Vista machine through RDC 7.0 wouldn’t make the new Windows 7 features available since these aren’t supported by earlier releases of the OS.

The following charts details the various features the Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 has to offer in combination with various Windows releases.

Connectivity

rdc7-connectivity

Experience Features

rdc7-experience

Security Features

rdc7-security

Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client for Windows XP
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client for Windows Vista
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems

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