How to Remote Desktop on Mac OS 10.5 Leopard to Windows 7

I do a lot of my work on my MacBook Pro and occasionally I need to access resources, files, or check something on my home desktop which is running Windows 7. One solution is to use VNC, which is great, but I rather install as few software on the machines as possible. Previously on Windows XP, it was really easy to enable Remote Desktop. On Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the way to enable Remote Desktop is a bit more buried in the newly redesigned Control Panel. I struggled with it for a bit, searching Microsoft’s support site, I came about the post to my answer. So here’s how you can connect from a Mac OS 10.5 Leopard machine to a Windows 7 machine via Remote Desktop.

Configure Windows 7

These directions are copied verbatim from the Microsoft site and reprinted here for future reference. These directions will work for Windows Vista also.

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security (System and Maintenance on Vista), and then clicking System.
  2. In the left pane, click Remote settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Select one of the “allow” options under Remote Desktop. For more information about these options, see What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow? [Note: To be able to Remote Desktop into a Windows 7 machine from a Mac, you need to select “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).]
  4. Click Select Users.
  5. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.
  6. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:
    • To specify the search location, click Locations.
    • To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.
    • In Enter the object names to select, type the user name that you want to search for.
  7. When you find the correct name, click OK. The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

Connect via the Mac

Make sure you’ve installed either Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client for the Mac or CoRD, which is what I use. I’ve used both, but I prefer CoRD for its simplicity and easier GUI.

Type in the IP Address or computer name and connect.



Windows 7 Enterprise On A Netbook

I own an Asus Eee PC 1000H netbook purchased from Costco sometime ago that was pre-loaded with Windows XP Home edition. One of the first things I did was to reformat it to Windows XP Professional to take advantage of features such as better networking tools and Remote Desktop.  That worked great for all my needs: web surfing and watching Anime videos at the gym during cardio workouts.

I knew early on I was not going to upgrade to Windows Vista on the netbook given the resource hog that Vista is, but when Windows 7 was announced, I was interested; more so when I learned that Windows 7 would be designed to work better with netbooks than Windows Vista. Continue reading Windows 7 Enterprise On A Netbook

How To Access A Mac From Vista Machine


My Mac is my primary machine and all my documents, pictures, and everything is stored on it but because I do use a PC also, I need a conduit to share files back and forth with each other. I know some people utilize external hard drives for this, but I’m sure there are other people in the same situation as me.

With Windows XP, it was a simple task. From the “Run” console or in the address bar of Internet Explorer, you could enter “ipaddress” of your Mac and enter your login credentials and have read/write access to the files stored on your Mac OS X.

With Windows Vista, by default, you can no longer do that. When you try, the login window appears, but when you enter your correct credentials, it doesn’t accept it. The reason is that Microsoft has stepped up security on Vista, Lanman and NLTM (which Macs still utilize for smbd) are no longer enabled and in place instead is NLTMv2, which Macs currently do not support.

But there is a way to “fix” it so you can. One word of warning though, from a security standpoint, this may not be a good idea. Although in most cases, I don’t think it would be too much of an issue (yet).

How Do I Fix It?

The fix comes from

  1. Click Start, and in the “Start Search” field, type secpol.msc.
  2. Navigate to Local Policies > Security Options > Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level.
  3. Select “Send LM & NTLM – user NTLMv2 session security if negotiated”.

You should be able to use your Windows Vista machine to access your Mac now.

Alternative Solution?

There is an alternative solution posted by Jon Belanger which is supposed to be a more secure way of doing it. I have not tried it and cannot verify whether or not it works.

Using Windows 7

I can confirm that the steps above work for Windows 7 also. I’m currently using x86 and x64, both Enterprise, and have done these steps and it works like a charm.