After years of using another remote control program, I’ve switched to UltraVNC for controlling the other computers on my home network.
The other program did not handle Windows 7 well, and the authors were updating the paid-version for Windows 7, but not the free version. Not only that, but the other program could not handle the User Access Control challenges from Windows 7.
In most cases, I use UltraVNC for remote administration of the computers on my home network — it’s easier than walking from computer to computer to make changes.
In the case of my Home Theater PC (HTPC), I use UltraVNC for normal Windows functions (as opposed to the SageTV Media Center software, which I use for its home theater PC functions).
UltraVNC is free. It’s open-source, too, if that’s important to you. You can download it for free an you can use it for free, too.
The really important things for me were that (1) it worked with Windows 7 and (2) it was free.
Quoting the web site:
Key features: File transfer, Video driver, Optional Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, Text chat, Viewer Toolbar, Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling, Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater/Proxy-support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.
Addons: Repeater, SingleClick generator and NATtoNAT connectors , that help you to easily handle the most complex connection situations.
UltraVNC runs under Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7…). Its embedded Java Viewer allows you to connect (and make File transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any system supporting Java (Linux, Mac OS…) to an UltraVNC server.
When you install UltraVNC, you have several choices as to which program(s) you install, as well as the usual choice of which directory you use.
Other than that, the installation process is normal and works smoothly. If you pick Full Installation, UltraVNC installs both the Server and the View on that computer.
The Server is automatically set up as a Windows Service, if you’re running Windows XP or later.
UltraVNC works with Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7.