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I know the IP address of my iMac and I have been able to ssh into the computer successfully, but I want to be able to control the desktop remotely from my Windows machine as well. How do I enable my iMac to do this? Is there a special program I need to use on my Windows 7 machine to do control the desktop remotely?

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You can use VNC to remotely control your Mac. There's instructions around here to turn on the built-in OS X VNC server (it's pretty straightforward), and a Windows VNC viewer (I linked to a Google search because I don't know a particular good viewer for Windows because I don't use VNC on Windows).

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Your best option is to use LogMeIn. It allows you to set different resolutions, you can perform Mac gestures, and it uses the least bandwidth of any remote control app I have ever used (about 10-15Kbps for a 1280x720 screen). It is cross platform too.

You create a LogMeIn account and you can either use the Windows client or the web-based client.

  • Another advantage of LogMeIn is that you can easily use it outside of the LAN without having to keep track of your current IP address. – Chris Herbert Sep 20 '12 at 17:22
  • Yeah, that’s awesome too. In VNC you have to know the IP of the host. – duci9y Sep 20 '12 at 17:25
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Look into TeamViewer. It has a mode to do just just that.

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