Using the Standard Graphical User Interface (GUI)
This will normally configure the firewall and allow users to control a PC. If you have issues where no user can access the PC via Remote Desktop, check the firewall settings. If you have issues where only 'administrator' or local users can log in, click the button to select users.
right-click My Computer -> Properties -> Remote -> Allow Users to Connect...
Using a Batch File
You can enable Remote Desktop in Windows XP or Windows 2003 using the following batch file. It will also open up the Windows firewall at the same time.
You have to be an administrator, of course.
This can also be used in a login script to enable Remote Desktop on all PCs.
Remotely Enable Remote Desktop
Again, you must have admin privileges such as 'domain admin' on the remote PC.
Here's another VBS version that doesn't require a reboot.
Reboot the Remote Machine
The remote machine needs to be rebooted for the change to take effect, so open a command prompt and type the following command:
shutdown -m \\machinename -r -f
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