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Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Crippled Through Remote Desktop

The Intermec Norand Pen*Key 6642 tablet computer comes installed with Windows 98 Second Edition. It runs nicely and is quite a capable computer, especially when accessing other computer through a Remote Desktop session. As competent as Windows 98 is, it is rather aged and the its handwriting recognization is rather slow and inaccurate. Microsoft has solved a lot of tablet PC problems in its newer Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. So I thought it'd be a good idea for the Intermec Norand Pen*Key 6642 to Remote Desktop to my tablet PC.

But my experience is rather disappointing. Using the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition through Remote Desktop caused the Input Panel to disable its functions. It only lets you use the on-screen keyboard mode, which means that the handwriting recognization and character recognization modes are disabled through Remote Desktop. That kind of defeats the reason to access Windows XP Tablet PC Edition remotely.

I'm going to have to try a different idea. Perhaps VNC (Virtual Network Computing) will work a lot better. I will let you know after giving it a try.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 03:46:08 +0000

I have just installed UltraVNC on both the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and the Intermec Norand Pen*Key 6642 Computer. Everything is working beautifully now. I am able to remotely log in to the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition using the Intermec Norand 6642 and use it as if I am Sitting right there. And I am using the handwriting and character mode at will. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Can't disable them, because it doesn't even know that I am using it remotely. The recognition is nearly perfect. It is like night and day when compared to windows 98's recognition. I need to make Very few corrections as I type up this message on my coach.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 06:24:26 +0000

Well, it works beautifully on Intel 1.6 Ghz Pentium M processor. I tried it on an Intel 600 MHz Pentium 3 processor and the performance is just horrible. The hand writing strokes cannot keep up. So it takes several seconds for you to see what you wrote. Recognition seems to be fine. But the speed just drives me crazy.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 06:41:33 +0000

I found this technique works even more beautifully with Windows 7 than Windows XP Tablet Edition. First of all, you don't have to get a special tablet version of Windows 7 as it already comes with the tablet features (at least it does on the Ultimate version). Next, using the handwriting feature is far more smoother remotely with UltraVNC on Windows 7 than on Windows XP Tablet Edition.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 06 Feb 2010 10:03:10 +0000

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Title: Remote Desktop for Microsoft Windows XP Home
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Excerpt: If you ever tried to access your Windows XP Home Edition remotely, you'll find that it's missing the remote access function. That means you can use Remote Desktop Connection on another computer to access your Windows XP Home Edition machine. That is . . . unless you know about VNC. VNC stands for . . .
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