Remote desktop for parents

My parents sadly run Windows and they’ve recently obtained “broadband”. Scary.

They are complete novices and I wanted to control their system remotely to ensure the machine is setup correctly (and securely).

I sent them instructions for setting up VNC and they managed to follow them.

So you can use as a template for your parents.

Once logged in I suggest setting up a .bat file so they don’t have to type that scary stuff in cmd. I have not figured out to copy keys from plink to my server, so they still need to enter the password.

So this is a lot cheaper than copilot. The remote assistance services or terminal services probably won’t work due to firewall issues. The SSH tunnel plink sets up, solves these problems.


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