How can I enable remote administration in Windows XP / Vista / 2008?

Solution: The following steps will release a Windows XP installation to allow remote administration:

  • Click “Start”, click “Run”, type “gpedit.msc” (Group Policies), and then click “OK”
  • Under “Local Computer Policy” expand “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Network” > “Network Connections” > “Windows Firewall” and then click “Domain Profile”
  • Right-click “Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception”, and then click “Properties” or simply double-click it
  • Click “Enabled”, and then “OK”.
.updated: February 6, 2014 author: jeff