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Can't connect to remote computer (desktop)

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    Can't connect to remote computer (desktop)


    two machines, one running 8.1 pro, the other 8.1... i can easily, very quickly, and reliably connect to the pro machine from the 8.1 machine, but for the life of me i can't do the opposite, i can't connect to the 8.1 machine from the pro machine, and i'm running out of google sought solutions. when i attempt to connect to the 8.1 machine from the pro machine i can never get beyond the following error message:

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    as far as i can tell the settings for both machines are identical, and include:

    > allow remote connection enabled
    > firewalls on both machines disabled
    > all related services enabled
    > a recommended gpedit.msc setting adjusted (lan authentication level)
    > both machines actively connected to private network
    > successful pings and tracerts to both machines
    > ipconfig release/renew, flush dns, etc. attempted to no avail

    ironically i don't even want to connect to the pro machine from the 8.1 machine, which works perfectly, i just did it to test and it passed with flying colors. what i want, which is to connect to the 8.1 machine from the pro machine, is a different story, just can't get it to work. any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    edit: the connection is through a router / private network, i.e. the machines are in the same location/building, the connection is not through the internet.

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    I believe you have to have Pro or Ultimate to use Remote Desktop server/listener.
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    well it looks like the following post clearly explains why i can't connect to my 8.1 machine from my pro machine, yet why i can do the opposite... amazing how many google returned "solutions" never mentioned this, that only a 8.1 pro machine can act as a remote host when using remote desktop, alas... question: will windows 10, an apparently free upgrade for 8.1 owners, offer remote hosting using remote desktop? if so, i guess i'm better off waiting a few moths for the w10 release vs paying $99 today to upgrade my one non-pro machine to pro.

    btw i've tried other remote desktop programs, teamviewer comes immediately to mind, but they were clunky and laggy compared to windows remote desktop... is there a 3rd party option out there that performs as well, or better, than windows remote desktop, one that doesn't cost more than the pro upgrade? thanks again.

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      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I believe you have to have Pro or Ultimate to use Remote Desktop server/listener.
    yes, apparently that's the deal, which i discovered and and posted at the same time you were responding... anyway, thanks just the same!
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    well it looks like the following post clearly explains why i can't connect to my 8.1 machine from my pro machine, yet why i can do the opposite... amazing how many google returned "solutions" never mentioned this, that only a 8.1 pro machine can act as a remote host when using remote desktop, alas... question: will windows 10, an apparently free upgrade for 8.1 owners, offer remote hosting using remote desktop? if so, i guess i'm better off waiting a few moths for the w10 release vs paying $99 today to upgrade my one non-pro machine to pro.

    btw i've tried other remote desktop programs, teamviewer comes immediately to mind, but they were clunky and laggy compared to windows remote desktop... is there a 3rd party option out there that performs as well, or better, than windows remote desktop, one that doesn't cost more than the pro upgrade? thanks again.

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      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by tprothro1 View Post
    btw i've tried other remote desktop programs, teamviewer comes immediately to mind, but they were clunky and laggy compared to windows remote desktop... is there a 3rd party option out there that performs as well, or better, than windows remote desktop, one that doesn't cost more than the pro upgrade? thanks again.
    just downloaded teamviewer for a revisit and it has come a long way since i last used it, it's great, more than fast and responsive enough for my needs (altho i haven't tried it again using an internet connection, which was problematic the last time i tried to use it many years ago)... anyway, i no longer have a need for windows remote desktop, teamviewer work fine...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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