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I have a Mac Mini that I would like to login remotely from a Windows XP laptop. Is this possible? What types of things do I need to do to allow remote connections from the Mac, and what type of interface will I be able to have? (Command-line interface? Or full GUI interface?)

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SSH is installed by default on OS X. You just need to download PuTTY on your Windows machine and connect to your IP. SSH provides console access.

If you want a GUI you can use VNC.

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Yes. Remote SSH access is disabled by default though... You will have to enable it: Settings/Sharing – Pablo Santa Cruz May 3 '09 at 11:01
Mac OS X also includes a VNC server by default. Just enable Screen sharing and activate VNC using a password in the config. No encryption though. – Vincent Robert May 15 '09 at 21:48

You can remotely log on to a Mac from a PC using VNC. Instructions for setting up a Mac as a VNC serve can be found here and here. For the PC, any VNC client should work.

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You can enable the ssh daemon on your mac by going to

System -> Sharing -> (enable) Remote Login

You can enable screen sharing similarly with

System -> Shareing -> (enable) Screen Sharing.

If you are not using the Apple Remote Desktop software, you'll need to do the extra step of clicking on the Computer Settings button, and supplying a VNC password

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This isn't the free option, but if you have two macs running Leopard and a MobileMe account you can use Back To My Mac to connect to the other mac's desktop. Here is a quick screencast of this feature.

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You can also establish a screen-sharing connection, without MobileMe, using iChat. – Matt G May 21 '09 at 8:52

I use these this web site. You need to sign up but you can access you choosen computer. I use to to fix my dad's computer. I use the basic free versio. Works fine with both Mac and PC

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