RemotePC 7.5.6 Review

A Full Review of RemotePC, a Free Remote Access/Desktop Program

Screenshot of RemotePC in Windows 8
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RemotePC is a free remote access program for Windows and Mac. You can find nice features like chat, file transfer, and multiple monitor support.

Both mobile devices and desktop software can be used to make a remote connection with a RemotePC computer.

Note: This review is of RemotePC version 7.5.6 (for Windows), which was released on June 27, 2018. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About RemotePC

  • RemotePC can be used with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Macs can use RemotePC as well
  • In addition to the desktop program for the client computer, you can download an Android or iOS app to make a connection
  • RemotePC can listen to sound from the remote computer
  • Sticky notes can be created on-screen
  • The remote session can be opened in full-screen mode
  • You can make the remote screen blank as you're remoted into it
  • Lock, sign out, reboot, and reboot to Safe Mode are all supported by the client
  • The client can take screenshots of the host computer during a remote session
  • You can open the file transfer utility without having to remote into the computer

Pros & Cons

I'll be honest, RemotePC isn't the perfect remote access tool, but there's a lot to like and it may be the right choice for you depending on your needs:

Pros:

  • Connections are secured with 128-bit SSL
  • Text chat
  • Supports Wake-on-LAN
  • Can send keyboard shortcuts
  • File transfer
  • Record sessions to a video file
  • Multiple monitor support

Cons:

  • Can only have one remote PC on your account at once

How RemotePC Works

The same program can be installed for both the host and the client, which means there aren't any confusing utilities or random tools that you must download in order to make RemotePC work - just install the same program on both the host and the client computer.

Once both computers have RemotePC installed and open, there are two ways to use it for remote access:

Always-ON Remote Access

The best way to use RemotePC is by registering for a user account so that you can keep track of the other computer that you'll be connecting to. For example, you'll want to do this if you like to have permanent access to your own computer when away, or to your friend's computer who always needs help.

On the computer that you'll be remoting into later, open the Always-ON Remote Access area of RemotePC and click Configure Now! to get started. Name the computer something recognizable and then type a "Key" in both the spaces provided (the key acts as the password to access that computer later).

Once you've enabled the always-on remote access in Remote PC, you can log in to RemotePC on a different system and remote into the host computer whenever you want. Just select it from the list and enter the key/password you made up.

One-Time Access

You can also use RemotePC for spontaneous, instant access. To do this, just open the program and go into the Provide One-Time Access area of the program, and click Enable Now!.

Give the other person the "Access ID" and "Key" you see on the screen so that they can remote in to your computer. They can do that by entering that same ID and password into the Connect using One-Time ID area of RemotePC in their program.

Once the session is over, you can use the Disable Access button to revoke that key/password so that the other person can't get back onto your computer unless you re-enable one-time access, which will produce a brand new password.

My Thoughts on RemotePC

RemotePC is a really smart program to use if you just want to have spontaneous remote support with someone, but it's also perfectly well suited for unattended access to your own computer. Even though it supports storing just one computer's information for free, that should suffice for most people, especially if you're just using RemotePC to login to your own computer when you're gone.

It's important to note that if you want to use RemotePC for spontaneous, one-time access, you can do that as many times as you want on as many different computers as you like. The one-computer-only limitation is only relevant when you're setting up always-on access.

It's also great that RemotePC has a chat feature since other programs, like AeroAdmin, lack this.

I always like having file transfer capabilities when connecting to a remote computer, which RemotePC, fortunately, includes as part of the free plan. Interestingly, the file transfer tool doesn't have to be used as part of the remote access tool; you can transfer files without even opening the full remote control screen.

Overall, I'd recommend RemotePC for unattended or spontaneous access, but if you need more computers in your account or would like to try something with different features, you can always test something else like TeamViewer or Ammyy Admin.