View a remote desktop with UltraScreen

Tutorial – UltraScreen

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UltraScreen lets you view the screen of a remote computer without a central server or paying for an account. It's a good option to have when someone calls you for computer help.

When a printer simply won't print, when something has gone wrong with the package manager, or when other computer issues arise, it helps to be able to call on a friend, co-worker, or relative for help. However, you might not be able to meet in person, and the phone isn't ideal for this type of situation – it requires a lot of patience at both ends of the line to describe the problems.

Professional administrators, as well as many computer-savvy sons and daughters, instead turn to remote desktop solutions such as TeamViewer [1] or AnyDesk [2]. With the help of these programs, a connection can be established between two computers over the Internet, and you can operate the remote computer as if you were sitting at its keyboard. This works even without a fast Internet connection – modern compression methods keep the required data transfer rate to a minimum.

UltraScreen

Both TeamViewer and AnyDesk offer free options for personal use and are available for all common operating systems. However, the program vendors take great care to ensure that the user does not overstress their generosity. If there is an Exchange server on the network, or if the program is used conspicuously often and over long periods, they ask the user to purchase a commercial license.

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