How To VNC With Mac and PC Computers

I received an email a few days ago from Justin, a member of our online community and he wants to know how to VNC between a Mac and PC on the same network. This should be relatively easy for the most part and can be done for free with the following programs: Microsoft Remote Desktop for OSX and TightVNC Viewer or UltraVNC Viewer on the PC side of things. Once those are installed, you will need to enable Screen Sharing (make sure you set a password as well) on the Mac via System Preferences and look under the Sharing options. On the PC you will need to right click My Computer choose Properties and Click Remote Settings (In Vista) or the Remote Tab (In XP) and tick Allow connections to this computer from Remote Desktop as well at the top where it says Allow Remote Assistance (separate application, but good to have ticked).

Now once you have done that you’re good to go. Input the LAN (Local) IP of each machine into either Remote Desktop on the Mac or in the VNC viewer on the PC, click Connect and then enter the password for each one when prompted to do so.

That should be all you need to do and I hope that answers your question Justin or anyone else who was curious as to how to accomplish this task.

How often do you VNC to other computers on your network? Leave a comment!

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  • indeed. a friend of mind had just asked me the same thing. i use RealVNC for the server side of things. i use a vnc about once a year, and that is to show somebody how to do it. lol

  • Thanks. Very helpful! Can this be used both to log into an Mac from a PC as well as to log into a PC from a Mac? Thanks again.

  • I have a question. I followed your instructions and connected my Mac to my PC at work, and it worked while i was there sitting near the PC, but now that i am at my house, the remote desktop isnt connecting? any suggestions?

  • For those who still have Xp I think It works only if you have Xp Professional or Media Center edition. It shouldn’t work with Xp home edition.

  • I did what you taught and still get an error message that it cannot connect to server.  I am trying to access my work computer (mac) from home (pc).  I’ve been able to screen share with other macs, but would like to use home computer.  Any suggestions?


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