If you use a main desktop PC at work or at home, and also use a
laptop, you’ve likely got problems. Let’s say, for example, that
you use an e-mail client such as Outlook on your desktop PC, but
when you’re away from it, you want to check your email. There’s
nothing you can do; you’re out of luck.
LogMeIn Free solves the problem neatly. You can take control any
of your computers from any PC or Mac over the Internet, using one
of the popular browsers on LogMeIn’s supported list. So that means
you’ll be able to sit at a different computer, controlling your
main computer almost as if you were sitting there.
Setup is surprisingly easy. Create an account on the LogMeIn.com
Web site, then install the LogMeIn software on the computer you
wish to control. Tell the software you want that PC to be able to
be controlled over the Internet. Then when you want to take control
of it, log into your LogMeIn.com account, and you’ll be able to
take control of the computer, using either a PC or a Mac. The
computer you want to control will have to left on and running
LogMeIn Free. For the best performance, install any software that
it recommends on the machine on which you’re using a browser, such
as a Firefox plug-in or a special piece of Mac software. But you
don’t have to do that–it still works, even without the special
You’ll now be able to run the remote computer in its own browser
window. You may have to fiddle with resolution settings on the
machine from which you’re connecting when you’re connected if the
resolution on the machine you’re controlling and the one doing the
controlling don’t match.
There’s also a $70 per year version of LogMeIn, LogMeIn Pro2,
which has extra features such as remote printing, file-sharing and
more. But if you don’t need those features, the free version will
do the trick.
Note that when you install LogMeIn, it installs as a trial of
the Pro version. However, you can easily turn that trial software
into the free version. To do so, select Options –> About, click
the “Switch Account or Subscriptions” button, and in the Available
Subscriptions drop-down menu, select LogMeIn Free.
You can also do nothing, because at the end of the Pro trial
period, you will be asked if you want to subscribe to the Pro
version. If you don’t subscribe, the software will automatically
revert to the free version, removing the Pro features but remaining
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you
must register for a free account to download the software.