Is there a "Run" command for the built in windows service "Offer Remote Assitance"?

The only way I know is to open "Help and Support", and search for "Offer Remote", then click the link that comes up. But this only works on XP worksations so far as I can tell.

I know you can save it as a bookmark once you locate it the first time, but If you can't get the "Offer Remote" search result then you're dead in the water.



On Windows XP you can use the following:

"%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore" hcp://CN=Microsoft%20Corporation,L=Redmond,S=Washington,C=US/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/Unsolicited/Unsolicitedrcui.htm
  • From the Run dialog you can skip the Iexplore bit: hcp://cn=microsoft%20corporation,l=redmond,s=washington,c=us/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/Unsolicited/unsolicitedrcui.htm But that's a mouthful still. Probably be nicer to create a shortcut, favorite, etc. – jscott Oct 29 '10 at 16:44
  • yeah, I was hoping for something like --> remoteas (i.e. cmd for command prompt) but it was probably a stretch... Thanks! – I.T. Support Oct 29 '10 at 18:32

On Windows 7 and Vista, it gets much easier:

msra /offerra <computername>
  • I'd make this the answer too if I could have more than one. Thanks! – I.T. Support Nov 2 '10 at 17:05
  • You bet! It's also worth noting that although Win7/Vista computers can offer remote assistance to WinXP computers, it is not possible for an XP user to offer remote assistance to a Win7/Vista machine. – Skyhawk Nov 3 '10 at 1:22
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    and msra.exe /offerRA just opens the page to enter a place to connect to. You could easily save that as a shortcut on your desktop! I got this idea from technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff356868.aspx – PsychoData Mar 5 '15 at 18:32

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