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Accessing a program ( or game) from one computer on another

by jdmac25 / March 1, 2011 2:03 AM PST

What is the best way to access a program (or game)from my desktop (the program is actually installed on a portable hd on this comp.) over a shared network on my laptop without having to install the program (or game) on the laptop...would itbe mirroring the hd? or installing portal software? or something else? Any tips on good software programs out there to accomplish this and any install tips is also appreciated..

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by Jevez / March 1, 2011 5:30 AM PST

Hi, a mirror is not your solution this is something totally different.
I think what you are looking for is something like VNC it gives you the ability to control your screen from a different location...
Try tightvnc ( it's free and easy to use.
You also find a lot video's of it on youtube installing, using, configuaring etc.

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Sharing Programs
by jdmac25 / March 2, 2011 10:15 AM PST
In reply to: VNC

I installed VNC and it does offer a bit of what I want, thanks for the info.. I am looking to mostly access games from my desktop, which seems to run extremely slow using VNC, are there any other programs out there to accomplish what I am looking for (which is accessing mostly games on my desktop from my laptop)?

Thanks for your help!

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If Both Computers Are In The Same Location And...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 3, 2011 1:25 AM PST
In reply to: Sharing Programs

...on the same network, some games or programs can actually be accessed through simple "sharing" of the files or folders on the network.. Have you tried such? Share out the game folder on the desktop computer so the laptop can "see" it on the local network.. Once that's done, double click on the program executable and see if it will run on the laptop.

Hope this helps.


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