Access Remote PC

Remote access to your PC from anywhere in the world

Transfer files, run programs, access network resources

  • Important improvements, new features, functionality changes
  • Important bug fixes
  • Miscellaneous improvements and fixes

Current version 5.2

Version 5.2 (June 07, 2008)
  • New: completely new and improved sound capture on Vista
  • New: Restart Server option added to Client > Tools menu which can be used to restart server program on remote computer
  • New: support for third-party firewalls such as Norton firewall via Windows Firewall Scripting
  • Fix: overlaid images were not captured by previous versions on Vista
  • Fix: Restart As Administrator option in the Client > Connection menu disabled on Vista if the program is already elevated
  • Fix: some bugs fixed in file transfer
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 5.1 (November 29, 2007)
  • Change: file transfer not compatible with older versions
  • Fix: incorrect time conversion between time zones
  • Fix: switching the client window to full screen mode on multimonitor machine displayed the window on the primary monitor
  • Change: stopped support for Windows 95/NT4.0
  • New: restart command added to server
  • New: (Vista) temporary elevation implemented for some UI controls on server when running in non-elevated mode
  • New: (Vista) client, helpdesk and standalone server can optionally start in elevated mode
  • New: (Vista) helpdesk and standalone server enable UAC control by remote user when running in elevated mode
  • New: online version of exegen utility for generating signed executables
  • many other bug fixes and improvements
Version 5.0.6 (beta) (September 28, 2007)
  • Fix: desktop composition on Vista was not turned off sometimes
  • Fix: several file transfer problems fixed
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 5.0.4 (beta) (August 23, 2007)
  • Fix: multiple monitors support
  • Fix: Windows 98/Me/2000/2003 support added (5.0.2 Beta supported only XP and Vista)
  • Fix: mouse cursor issues fixed
  • Fix: several file transfer problems fixed
  • Fix: installation problems fixed
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 5.0.2 (beta) (July 26, 2007)
  • New: works with Windows Vista
  • New: supports User Account Control (UAC) on Windows Vista
  • New: supports Fast User Switching on Windows XP, 2003, Vista
  • New: digitally signed executable
  • miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.12.2 (November 22, 2006)
  • Fix: program menu items of an older version were not removed during upgrade by v4.12.1
Version 4.12.1 (November 2, 2006)
  • miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.12 (October 9, 2006)
  • New: support for multiple monitors
  • New: screen transfer optimization tuner in the Server > General > Advanced Settings
  • New: autoscroll in the client can now be disabled (Tools > Options)
  • Fix: file transfer. Sometimes the transfer speed was reported incorrectly
  • Fix: file transfer. When synchronizing multiple directories, the location of some files was reported incorrectly
  • Fix: file transfer. Sometimes the move operation was blocking after copying all files to the new location
  • Fix: several clipboard-related problems were fixed
  • Fix: high idle-time CPU usage
  • Fix: "Allow access only if accepted by live person" did not work correctly
  • Fix: wallpaper removal option was not set by default in helpdesk.exe
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.11 (August 8, 2006)
  • New: flashing server tray icon when someone is connected
  • New: EditUser dialog redesigned (supports tabbed and wizard modes)
  • New: improved connectivity on LANs. Now ARPC does not depend on Windows NetBIOS names resolver which does not always work.
  • New: new uninstall UI
  • New: "Fit image to window initially" option added (Client->Tools->Options)
  • New: improved image scaling
  • New: image scaling settings are now preserved between runs
  • New: added a button to the file transfer window to jump directly to the root of the current drive
  • Fix: when moving files from client to server, the source file was deleted if write operation on the target file failed
  • Fix: the server program crashed when write operation in the file transfer failed (e.g. low disk space)
  • Fix: in some cases the files transferred to server running in service mode couldn't be deleted without changing file permissions
  • Fix: date and time stamp of files in the file transfer window was shown incorrectly on Win9x in v4.10
  • Fix: tooltips for drive letter buttons in the file transfer toolbar are now shown in all cases
  • Fix: command line option -pass was not recognized by v4.10
  • Fix: Send Registration Key to Remote Host did not work after trial was expired
  • Fix: slow response time when some process on the host computer consumes 100% CPU
  • Fix: frequent disconnects
  • Fix: autotransfer clipboard from server to client did not work after logon/logoff
  • Fix: "Unable to stop service" error
  • Fix: the client sometimes could not go out of FullScreen mode
  • Fix: the duration on server and on client was showing 00:HH:MM instead of HH:MM:SS. On the server, the duration was not updated every second.
  • Fix: out-of-screen mouse moves on the client were sent to remote host
  • Fix: when RPC password was not specified, pressing the Enable button had no effect
  • Change: the Connect box in the center of the client window is lengthened
  • Change: scaling is turned off by default to improve performance on slow computers
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.10 (June 14, 2006)
  • New: image scaling added
  • New: optional autoscroll in screen view when mouse is near the window border
  • New: helpdesk client connection notification (flashing window in taskbar)
  • Fix: the security link in helpdesk.exe v4.9 did not work
  • Fix: some performance issues fixed
  • many other bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.9 (April 15, 2006)
  • New: sound transfer added
  • New: automatic wallpaper removal during a connection (a per-user option)
  • New: mouse weel support
  • Change: video, tooltips, and other layered window are now not captured by default. You can change this setting on the Server Options window (available through the General page)
  • Fix: improved proxy detection algorithm should solve some connectivity problems
  • New: standalone programs automatically enable themselves in the Windows firewall if permissions allow
  • New: better error reporting on the server. Red cross displayed over the server icon in the system tray if there are any problems detected.
  • New: tray icon notification on the server when a new connection is accepted
  • Change: Registration information on the server moved to the LAN page.
  • Fix: last connection state is now saved when closing the client window (previous versions saved it on disconnect only)
  • New: improved installation wizard now includes a form for entering RPC account information
  • New: regname and regkey switches added to the command line.
  • Fix: rpc shortcuts not working after an upgrade
  • Fix: one time passwords could not be deleted in the previous version
  • Fix: the program did not report TCP/IP listener errors
  • New: the client now displays a warning if you connect to the local host
  • New: an option added to client to prevent automatic switching to File Transfer or Screen mode after connecting
  • New: "Send Ctrl-Alt-Del" button added to the client toolbar
  • Change: network options dialog was redesigned
  • Change: edit user dialog was redesigned
  • New: added command line parameters for exegen utility
  • Fix: file transfer. Edit and upload did not work.
  • New: file transfer. A new toolbar added to the bottom of file transfer window.
  • New: file transfer. Quick search added to the file transfer (type first letters of a file name in the file transfer window)
  • New: file transfer. Added folder history feature. The last visited folders are available for each pane in a drop down menu
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.8.2 (January 30, 2006)
  • Fix: connection problems. Now if proxy autodetect fails, the program will automatically try direct connection.
  • Fix: more robust uninstaller.
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.8.1 (January 25, 2006)
  • Fix: Uninstall failed with an error message, rpcsetup.exe file was not uninstalled.
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.8 (January 20, 2006)
  • New: synchronization capability added to file transfer (beta). To synchronize directories, press Ctrl-H.
  • New: added /exegen command line option that can be used to generate custom executables.
  • New: improved helpdesk UI and functionality.
  • New: added command line parameters for use with helpdesk functionality: /hdmode, /accesscode, /sessionpassword
  • Fix: file transfer. Fixed problems when copying many small files.
  • Fix: helpdesk.exe failed to connect.
  • Fix: Proxy Autodetect option was not active by default.
  • Fix: quick-launch and desktop shortcuts were created incorrectly during upgrade.
  • Fix: RPC account settings were not imported from previous version during upgrade.
  • Fix: selecting 'Actual size' from the View menu caused the window to creep if the taskbar was positioned on the left or at the top.
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.7.3 (December 12, 2005)
  • Fix: intermittent crashes and 100% CPU usage on hyperthreading-enabled and multiprocessor systems during server startup and client connect.
  • Fix: file transfer. Replace All did not replace the first file.
  • Fix: file transfer. Client did not show size and date of a file when promting to overwrite.
  • Fix: icon not showing at startup sometimes.
  • Fix: install from a UNC path failed.
  • Fix: Open Shortcut dialog did not show shortcuts in the file list.
  • Fix: the server window did not show up sometimes.
  • New: new hardware-based RNG resulted in faster startup and improved security.
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes
Version 4.7.2 (December 9, 2005)
  • Fix: a bug in v4.7.1 caused the service to stop suddenly on some computers.
  • Fix: Windows integrated authentication. NT domain accounts did not work properly due to a bug in v4.7.1
  • other miscelaneous bug fixes
Version 4.7.1 (December 5, 2005)
  • New: One Time Passwords added.
  • New: Remote Reboot command added.
  • New: Safe Mode support. You can now restart remote computer in "safe mode" and take control after restart (see documentation for details).
  • New: IP filter added. You can now restrict connections to the specified IP ranges. The IP Filter is accessible through the LAN page.
  • New: documentation is now in HTML Help (CHM) format with full-text search enabled.
  • New: considerably improved file transfer performance.
  • Fix: video, tooltips, drag and drop overlays, and other layered windows were not captured in previous versions of the server.
  • New: optional per-user inactivity timeout can be specified in the Edit User dialog.
  • New: new parameters added to the RPC shortcut file format: RemoteFolder, LocalFolder, FullScreen, Top, Left, Width, Height.
  • New: last view (file trasfer, view, control), last remote folder and last local folder (for file transfer), BPP, and Show Cursor settings are automatically remembered for each host after disconnect and used as default values the next time you connect to the same host.
  • Fix: port added to server LAN broadcasts. Now you do not have to specify port when selecting from the drop down list of the servers available on your LAN.
  • New: setup automatically enables the program in the Windows firewall.
  • Change: completely new and significantly improved Install/Uninstall.
  • New: Desktop and Quick launch icons can optionally be created during installation.
  • Change: uninstall now removes program settings for all Windows users.
  • Change: command line interface changed (see the new documentation).
  • New: ability to remotely upgrade ARPC without rebooting.
  • Change: server user interface (UI) separated from service.
  • New: server can be run in standalone mode under restricted accounts. The link to standalone server is available on the Download page on this web site.
  • New: server UI is now secured. Permissions can be granted to users and groups to control any part of the server UI.
  • New: clicking on the server icon when there are active connections displays Connected Users page.
  • New: the tray icon now changes in accordance with the actually accessed resources on the server rather than aggregated permissions of all connected users.
  • Fix: Remote PC shortcuts (*.rpc) now by default store passwords in encrypted form. Old shortcuts with unencrypted passwords are also supported.
  • Change: usernames are now case-insensitive. Compatibility with older versions: Older clients should connect to new servers using lowercase usernames. New clients should connect to old servers using case-sensitive usernames.
  • Fix: RPC password is now stored in the registry in enrypted form.
  • Fix: under certain circumstances the program leaked memory handles due to a bug in Microsoft API.
  • New: better error handling and reporting.
  • New: Windows XP themes support.
  • miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Version 4.6.1 (October 11, 2005)
  • Fix: previous versions were not uninstalled correctly
  • Fix: minor problem with automatic proxy detection
Version 4.6 (October 9, 2005)
  • New: http proxy authorization (basic, digest, windows integrated)
  • New: SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 proxy support
  • New: automatic proxy detection takes your network settings from IE
  • New: network settings added to helpdesk client
  • New: remote registration lets you enter your license key remotely after your trial expires
  • New: a tiny ARPC Client packaged as a Java applet lets you access your computer from any Web browser and from non-Windows operating systems.
  • Fix: miscelaneous bug fixes and improvements
Version 4.5.1 (May 28, 2005)
  • Fix: problems on HyperThreading-enabled computers
  • Fix: timeouts on client when listening over helpdesk number
  • Fix: standalone client and helpdesk.exe refused to run on restricted NT accounts
Version 4.5 (February 14, 2005)
  • New: HTTP/HTTPS proxy support (supporting CONNECT and GET/POST methods)
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements
Version 4.4.4 (November 29, 2004)
  • Fix: subsequent reauthorizations always fail if the first authorization failed
  • Fix: NT integrated authentication didn't work correctly for group and domain accounts
Version 4.4.3 (September 1, 2004)
  • New: BPP and ShowCursor parameters added to RPC shortcut file format (see documentation for details)
  • Fix: Windows 95/98/Me did not properly shut down when server was running
  • Fix: crashing of Windows 95/98/Me at server startup or shutdown
  • Fix: 'stuck' Ctrl key problem on Windows NT/2000/XP logon screen
Version 4.4.2 (August 27, 2004)
  • Fix: fixed a bug with shutting down the server on Windows 95/98/Me
  • Fix: fixed a bug that affected company licenses
  • Fix: more robust uninstall
  • Fix: disabled NT integrated authentication option on Windows 95/98/Me
Version 4.4.1 (August 26, 2004)
  • Fix: fixed a bug in automatic server shutdown during uninstall
Version 4.4 (August 24, 2004)
  • Fix: fixed a bug in statistics window
  • New: helpdesk client now displays connections left for connection-limited accounts
  • New: /fullscreen command line option added
  • Fix: /userdir command line parameter was ignored
  • New: NT integrated authentication added, /ntauth and /ntgroup command line parameters added
  • Fix: if previous installation of Access Remote PC failed and left some registry keys uncleaned, the program failed to install. After pressing the Intall button, the installation program launched Remote PC Client.
  • Fix: disabling LAN in the Remote PC Server caused RPC server connections fail
  • New: confirmation is displayed when pressing Exit to shut down the server
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements
Version 4.3.4 (March 18, 2004)
  • Fix: general extraction error IMP1
  • New: improved startup speeds
  • New: encryption is strengthened to 160 bits
  • New: HostName property in RPC shortcut files (optional name of connection displayed in the title bar instead of host address)
  • New: Connection > SaveAs command now saves the current state (file, view, control). Reverse (listening) connections can also be saved via Save As.
  • New: improved error handling
  • Fixed a bug in file transfer: failed to copy files opened by other processes with read sharing
  • New in file transfer: text veiwer (via F3)
  • Various bug fixes
Version 4.3.3 (February 26, 2004)
  • Fixed a bug that caused intermittent error "Cannot open/create registry key ... Error code: 6 (The handle is invalid)". This error was caused by a bug in Windows API described in Miscrosoft Knowledge Base Article Q176906. The error was fixed by implementing a workaround suggested in this article.
  • Fixed a problem of non working links to ARPC web site that affected some systems
  • A few minor fixes
Version 4.3.2 (February 17, 2004)
  • Fixed a bug that caused error "Attempt to reference memory past the end of used buffer space"
  • Fixed a bug that caused error "BitBlt failed. Error code: 6" when logging on/off on NT systems
  • Fixed a bug that caused remembered password to be reset on client
  • Fixed a bug that caused mouse cursor distortion on some systems
  • Fixed a bug in file transfer: when copying multiple files and one file was not reading, the program locked up if Skip was chosen
  • Fixed a bug in file transfer: transfer rate was calculated incorectly at the start of copy operation
  • New in file transfer: added optional message beep when copy/move operation completes
  • New in file transfer: total number of bytes transferred and transfer rate were added to the multiple file transfer progress window
  • New in file transfer: improved performance
  • New in file transfer: when renaming a file and another file with the same name already exists, the program suggests to overwrite it
Version 4.3.1 (January 17, 2004)
  • Fixed a number of bugs in file transfer
  • Fixed: server did not automatically connect to RPC Service on DSL Internet connections when the server was started before DSL was started
  • Fixed: connection statistics window on client leaked memory
  • Fixed a bug that could cause rare locks up on server when connecting to or disconnecting from the RPC Service
Version 4.3 (January 15, 2004)
  • Change: leading and trailing spaces in RPC number, RPC password, and all usernames and passwords entered by end user are now automatically removed
  • New: user permission changes are now applied immediately without requiring a reconnect
  • New: Helpdesk version released
  • New: added optional Type command to RPC shortcuts (values: view, control, file). Documentation updated accordingly.
  • Fixed: in view/control mode some keys (such as Alt-C) activated client menu commands instead of being sent to remote host
  • Fixed: when changing RPC number on a server connected to RPC Service, the server disconnected and the RPC service was disabled
  • Fixed a bug that could cause very rare crashes on the server when client was disconnecting
  • Fixed: recent connections list did not work
  • Fix in installation: when upgrade was canceled, the program launched the RPC Client
  • New in file transfer: added text editor with edit-and-upload semantics
  • New in file transfer: selection is preserved when creating new directory
  • New in file transfer: speed improvements when copying small files over high latency networks
  • New in file transfer: directory size is now calculated asynchronously
  • New in file transfer: preserves last opened folder when reconnecting
  • Fix in file transfer: user interface was blocked when copying files over LAN
  • A number of other minor bug fixes
Versions 4.2.2 - 4.2.5 (December 3-21, 2003)
  • New error reporting mechanism and minor bug fixes
Version 4.2.1 (December 1, 2003)
  • New design of server UI
  • Fixed a bug in the installation that caused crashes
  • Fixed: when changing port number on the server, it was reverted back to default port 34012 after restarting the server
Version 4.2 (November 23, 2003)
  • Fix in file transfer: drive Z was missing from the list of drives on systems having drive Z
  • New design and functionality of server user interface.
  • Change: when upgrading, the previous installation folder is automatically located and used.
  • New: "-port" command line parameter was added
  • Various minor fixes
Version 4.1.3 (November 5, 2003)
  • Fixed a bug that caused client to crash after establishing a connection
Version 4.1.2 (beta) (November 1, 2003)
  • Fixed a problem with hyperlinks on the client
  • Fixed a problem with the 'Unattended' permission on Windows 95/98/Me
  • New: user accounts are now preserved when upgrading
  • New: ability to limit maximum concurrent connections
  • New: improved performance over slow connections
  • New: dynamically adjusts compression parameters depemding on network performance
  • Fixed: registry key handles were leaked by the srever
  • Change: local IP address is now logged instead of local computer name
  • Various other fixes
Version 4.1.1 (beta) (October 30, 2003)
  • New: added a beep before displaying the New Connection confirmation dialog box
  • Various other minor fixes
Version 4.1 (beta) (October 29, 2003)
  • New: new 'Unattended' permission was added ("Allow access ONLY if accepted by live person on this end of the connection")
  • Fixed intermittent authentication failures
  • Lots of other fixes
Version 4.0.3 (beta) (October 22, 2003)
  • New: the following system keys are now sent to remote host:
    • Alt-Tab (switch to next running application)
    • Alt-Shift-Tab (switch to prev running application)
    • Alt-Esc (display next window)
    • Print Screen (capture the screen to clipboard)
    • Alt-Print Screen (capture the active window to clipboard)
  • Fixed a problem that caused 'stuck' keys on remote host
  • Fixed a problem when some keys did not work with some applications
  • Fixed: "unauthorized" was always written to log file as the username
  • New: better mouse handling
  • New: Ctrl-Alt-Del is now processed on Windows 95/98/Me
  • Various other minor fixes
Version 4.0.2 (beta) (October 19, 2003)
  • New: 20-30% faster operation over fast networks
  • New: new option "Show remote mouse cursor in control mode" added on the client
  • Fixed: moving mouse on the server in control mode caused the client mouse cursor to take the shape of the server cursor
  • Lots of other fixes
Version 4.0.1 (beta) (October 15, 2003)
  • New: tray icon now shows the server's version in a tooltip
  • Various bug fixes
Version 4.0 (beta) (October 10, 2003)
  • New: RPC Subsription Service (support for firewalls, NAT routers, and dynamic IP addresses, reverse connectivity)
  • New in file transfer: several times faster operation
  • New in file transfer: correct handling of time zones when transferring files between different time zones
  • New: stronger security
  • New design of user interface
  • New: ability to start/stop listening without shutting down the server
  • Change: log file is now named log.txt and is in the MS Office-compatible CSV format
  • New: standalone client that does not require to be installed
  • Lots of improvements since 3.9
Version 3.9.1 (August 14, 2003)
  • Fixed wrong links in the User's manual
  • A few minor fixes
Version 3.9 (August 13, 2003)
  • Fixed LP5 error
  • Fixed intermittent crashes when shutting down server on Windoes 95/98/Me
  • New: added "view log" link on the General page of the server window
  • Change: log file entries are now separated with CRLF instead of LF
  • Other minor fixes
Version 3.8 (August 7, 2003)
  • New: toolbar settings and window size are now remembered
  • New: stops screenshot updates on minimize, resumes on restore
  • New: considerable performance improvement on slow networks
  • Fixed: missing -perm command line option when adding a user via command line interface resulted in zero permissions.
  • Fix in file transfer: Last Modified date was not preserved when copying files
  • Other bug fixed

Version 3.7 (July 22, 2003)
Version 3.6 (July 14, 2003)
Version 3.5 (June 30, 2003)
Version 3.4 (June 17, 2003)
Version 3.3 (June 11, 2003)
Version 3.2 (June 3, 2003)
Version 3.1 (May 27, 2003)
Copyright 2002-2008