This tutorial is going to explain How to setup ThightVNC on Windows 7/8/10. a software server/client used as remote desktop and helps you to connect to other graphical desktops. Therefore, you can control and monitor them easily. So, let’s have a closer look at this issue.
What Is TightVNC?
As you know TightVNC is a remote desktop software. It is free, stable, easy to install and also available on most of Operating Systems. So, you can use it to control the Windows VPS remotely from your PC, Mac or Smartphone. This server is really popular because of better performance in low bandwidth connections.
Users believe that TightVNC is the most advanced remote desktop software. It can be used to perform tasks such as administration control and remote management on Windows, Unix and mixed network environments. This ability is really efficient and helps in remote users support.
Install TightVNC Server
I think now you are ready for TightVNC installation, So let’s start. For installing this capable server you should follow the instructions bellow:
First of all you should visit the TightVNC Download Page.
Next download and run the version which is suitable for your windows system:
Now you will enter the Installation Wizard:
You should accept the terms in the license agreement and then continue:
Then you should select “Typical” for setup type. (If you choose “Custom” ensure TightVNC Server is selected):
Be sure to enable “Register TightVNC server as a system service (recommended)”:
Then press install button and finish your task:
Now you can register TightVNC server as a system service.
It should be noted that You should set and record a password for authentication (This one is strongly recommended for security).
Also you can set an administrative password which allows you to prevent the end user alter the VNC server settings:
Done! setup is know complete.
Note: on operating systems like Windows 7 or older, it is recommended to install the DFmirage driver which is available from the main download page.
Configure TightVNC Server (optional)
After installing this efficient software, follow the below steps to configure TightVNC server:
First, Make sure to set TightVNC as an system service. When installing tightVNC system service option can be selected.
Second, configure a password for TightVNC sessions. Enter the password by double-clicking on the VNC icon within the Windows system tray and choosing the password in the Incoming Connection Section of current dialog box which is shown at the picture:
Then, make clear the additional setting, such as: disabling the use of empty passwords, activate loopback connections and other options as shown at the picture below. When you configure setting as you wish, click apply and then OK to close all windows:
At last step, confirm windows firewall configuration to allow the TightVNC traffic by using the route below:
Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall
Then select the exceptions tab and confirm that the VNC options are checked. If you do not confirm the operation, then firewall will block your connection attemp.
Connect To TightVNC Server from another computer
We can run TightVNC server in to ways which are as follow:
1- Run as an application: It is for current user
2- Run as a window service: It is for system-wide operation
As we mentioned here, On application mode server can just run during the current user session and if you logout, it will close immediately. To start running in the application mode use the direction bellow:
Start >Programs >TightVNC >Launch TightVNC Server
If you need to access the system even without a user logging and if you want the system to start automatically, the TightVNC server must be running as a system service. To do this, choose Start->Programs->TightVNC->Administration->Install VNC Service. When you reboot the system it will started automaticlly.
Note: If you want start it manually, you should run Start->Programs->TightVNC->Administration->Run Service Helper to see the VNC trey icon.
Now, you will face properties window on the first startup. So enter passwords you use in the viewer to access the machine. As a result, TightVNC accept incoming network connections. Each user has a specific password. Also, there is a special default password when no user password is available.
To set a user password, you can go to properties dialog from the menu and follow the instruction below:
setting the default password:
Start->Programs->TightVNC->Administration->Show Default Settings
With a successful startup, there will appear a small icon in the system task bar and if there are no viewers connection the background of that icon will be white and with a connection colors will inverted. With the movement of the mouse over this icon, IP address of the machine will be shown:
Pay attention to the icon:
the figure shows the normal mode, but when you point to the icon by your mouse it will shows the connection mode.
– When you see the red border, indicates that new client connections are disable.
– At the end by Right-clicking on the tray icon, you will see the menu.
– When viewers are connected, icon will shown in inverted colors.
By right-clicking on the tray icon you will see the menu:
Run TightVNC Client
OK! it’s time to connect and work with TightVNC remote desktop server. You should follow these steps:
At first you shoud run ThghtVNC viewer on your system. Go to Start > Programms > TightVNC > TightVNC viewer. Now you will see the connection window to choose your desired server:
Then you can enter Host Name or its IP address and press “Connect“. If the connection is successful and the password is correct you will be able to see remote desktop. On the screen of New Connection, you can use built-in context help. If you need to get help about using a special control, Click smart question button in the title bar and then click on specified control. Another way is to press F1 key while the keyboard points to corresponding control:
The end! In this article we tried to discuss about how to setup TightVNC on Windows. Also we tried to explain the installation process and connection by using figures to make a clean understanding for you. Now you can enjoy using this remote desktop software and take the control of everything. If you have any question you can comment below.