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I assume that the the computer on which you want the Remote desktop and the target computer whose desktop you want to capture are networked properly and the IP address with other TCP/IP settings are properly configured.
That said Go to Start and click Run the Run box will appear. In the run box type "mstsc" command to connect. A box will pop up asking for the "Computer" enter the computer name or more preferably the IP address which you want to connect to and capture the desktop remotely the Target computer.
Go to the target computer physically and right click the "My Computer" icon and then in the menu select the properties tab and click it you will see "System Properties" window pop up. On the top you will see some tabs. Select and click the "Remote" tab. At the Remote Desktop make sure that the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" check mark is selected if it is not ticked tick it. This is the way you are allowing your computer and other computers on the network to connect to this target computer.
Now go back to your computer click the connect tab.It should always connect as long as you give the correct IP or computer name in the "Remote desktop connection" box.
Even though Windows XP and 7 are different versions of Windows, you can still connect a computer running Windows 7 to an XP computer using Remote Desktop Connection. Remote Desktop Connection is a utility in Windows that allows you to log in to a remote computer directly from your computer's desktop. However, before you can use the utility on your Windows 7 computer, you must enable it on the Windows XP computer. To connect to the Windows XP computer, you also need to know the XP computer's name.
Enable Remote Desktop on the Windows XP Computer
Click "Start" on the Windows XP computer, and then right-click "My Computer."
Click "Properties" from the pop-up menu.
Click the "Remote" tab, and then click the "Allow Users to Connect Remotely to This Computer" check box.
Click "OK" to confirm the change when prompted on the pop-up window. Click "OK" on the open windows to close them.
Connect to the Windows XP Computer
Click "Start" on the Windows 7 computer, and then type "Remote Desktop Connection" in the search box. Press "Enter."
Click "Remote Desktop Connection" from the results list.
Type the name of the XP computer in the "Computer" box, and then click "Connect" to connect to the XP computer.
( Microsoft Support ) How to Use the Remote Desktop Feature of Windows XP Professional
Hi, this will be "quick & easy," click on the "Start Button," next in the [Start Search Window], Type: remote; open the Icon that (read), either "Remote Desktop Connection or "Windows Remote Assistance; this depends on which one is suitable for your needs. The Remote will be "Setup" for you, just follow all the instructions." "Don't forget to give a "Helpful Rating, thanks."
This message means that the user account you are trying to use does not have rights to log on remotely. You need to go to the server, log on as an administrator at the console. Once logged in, add the user account you want to use to the local "Remote Desktop Users" group.
if need to access the device of your client,just follow the steps.
we take cd rom for eg to access.
1.right click the drive there you see "sharing and security"
2.click on the and enable share as cd rom.and give maximum allowed.
3.then from your system.Run->ip of the machine->enter.
4.it shows all the share file of the client machine
if want access remote desktop
1.enable the remote desktop connection in the remote machine
2.in RUN type MSTSC the remote desktop connection will popup.
3the type the ip of the client machine