Thursday, November 22, 2012

Disabling the Remote Desktop Connectivity in Windows

Remote desktop application is a very good utility which comes as inbuilt software in some of the normal Windows platform editions, Mobile Windows platform editions and Windows RT platform editions. Microsoft introduced the first version in the Windows NT server 4.0. This application was introduced by the name Terminal Services in the Windows NT server 4.0. After some time, Redmond Professional thought they could go for a better name and changed the name to the current one. The remote desktop application employs the RDP (Remote Desktop protocol) to connect to the other system over Internet. Remote desktop application is now available in the PC platforms like Windows, Linux and Mac. It is also available in the Mobile platforms like Android, IOS, Symbian and RIM. For more details on the supported platforms check the Windows tech support website.
Remote desktop application is used for connecting to a remote computer through Internet and to perform activities in that computer. This application does not establish any file transfer protocol between the two systems. It allows the user to control the desktop of the other user. This system requires password login and the application support activated in the system. This application employs graphical user interface, unlike Remote Desktop applications like Putty.
Leaving the remote desktop application enabled in the Windows OS can pose a threat to the platform security. Remote desktop client hands over all the privileges of the user account in which login takes place. Here are some instructions to disable remote desktop connectivity in Windows platform.

Log in using your administrator account to your PC computer.
Open the Command prompt.
Type query session into the command prompt Window and press Enter key. This command displays a list of the active remote desktop sessions on your computer. Each session is assigned an ID number, which will be also displayed.
Type tsdiscon and then the ID number of the session you want to manually disconnect with a space in between. After typing, press the Enter key to execute.
Open the Control Panel Window and double click on the System Icon to open it.
Now click on the Remote tab.
Uncheck the box aligned to the text "Allow Users to Connect Remotely to Your Computer" and press OK.

Remote Desktop is now disabled. If you want to disable any ports which are open and unused, use the Telnet client. Instructions for using Telnet client are in Windows tech support websites.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hurry Up! Windows 8 Metro App Store Is Open!!

Microsoft is a giant corporation that does the survival fight every day. They can’t hold the top position in software industry by some Silly Lollipop software or Bird game application (which is a mimic). They have to produce originals that should be able to attract developers, users and professionals. Microsoft made their promise on opening the doors to its Windows Store with the launch of the Windows 8 preview; and they kept their promise and fulfilled their professional courtesy to the millions of users around the globe.

Windows Store – A Store for all
Windows Store is the name they have given for their channel for distributing applications. Windows store is the sole source of metro style applications for Windows 8. Windows store is expected to have tones of Metro apps (Win Based apps).  The Best thing about the new Windows Store is the most awaited bonus for the users; all the applications in the Windows store are free. Microsoft spokesperson told in a news conference that Windows store, released with Windows 8, will hold applications (Metro apps) that are free. Windows store will be the only authorized distributor of Windows 8 Metro apps as per the details provided by Microsoft. Microsoft wants a monopoly over metro apps for the new elegant Windows 8 platform. This increases the responsibility for Microsoft with increased Windows Tech Support demand for the Metro apps.

Metro Apps
Metro Apps, pet name for Windows Store apps, got the name referring to the Metro Design Language. Metro Apps is designed for simplistic touch UI (User Interface) in Windows 8, borrowed from Windows 8 Mobile Platform. Metro apps run in sandboxed environment to ensure security and stability of the platform. For additional system options – Webcam, Mic etc. – requires permission from the administrator. There are some trademark issues related to the name ‘Metro’, but Microsoft confirmed that it was just a name they came up with and the original name of the apps will be Windows Store apps.
Microsoft will be taking a cut of 30% of cut in their apps revenue ($25000) due to the free Metro store apps, which is the same percentage as the Apples Revenue from Apple Store apps. Windows store apps will be supported only in the Windows 8, most probably its successors also. Windows 7 will not have support for Windows store apps, unless some developer releases a unlicensed support patch for Windows store apps. Windows Tech support will be provided for the Windows Store apps aka Metro apps by Microsoft.