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Remotely Access Desktop with Steam In-Home Streaming

Remotely Access Desktop with Steam In-Home Streaming

Hey guys so I put a thread in the steam (click here) with a way to allow full access to your desktop by making steam run a small application on your pc, appropriately named Steam Remote Desktop (well that’s what I called mine at least!). Thought I would put a more detailed guide on here as well with pictures and such since there’s no Guide section for in home streaming on steam currently.

Links

Steam Remote Desktop and source
AutoIt Download Section

Overview

Okay so what does this do? how does it work? Essentially, this program does nothing. Literally it just runs a infinite loop. But the thing is, it loads strait into your system tray and has no interface that is displayed on the desktop! Because of this steam just simply displays your desktop without anything needing to be minimized or moved or opened or anything! Pretty neat right? So all you need to do is add this into your steam, stream it from your other pc and once your finished right click on the system tray icon it created and it will disconnect you from the client! Now the download link I have supplied above has this all ready to go. However I have also included the script that is run in there in case people would like to compile it themselves just to be as transparent as I can be! So the following is the instructions on how to compile this yourself.

Instructions

Okay so first of all we need to get AutoIt, this is a basic scripting language that can be used for automation, its really neat and you can do a LOT with it if you haven’t seen it before. So you will need to download this, I would recommend getting the “AutoIt– Self Extracting Archive” version since there’s no installation required and you can keep everything in the one place. Also download the Steam Remote Desktop link above as well and put both of these zip files in the same folder. You should hopefully have something like this after you have downloaded them.

Folder with Steam and AutoIt

So after this go into the autoit-v3 folder keep going until you find a Aut2Exe folder and in there run the Aut2exe.exe application, this is the compiler that we will use to compile the script you downloaded. In this window in the source area, browse to the other zip folder you extracted and select the Steam Remote Desktop.au3 file. In the destination area make sure that this will go somewhere that  you know. By default it will put it in the same folder as the source file (and will also override an exe that’s already in there). You can put a custom icon in the options area as well, this is what the icon in the system tray will look like (I just used the AutoIt default icon here) but once you have done that just hit convert down the bottom and bam! you will have your own newly made Steam Remote Desktop.exe!

Location of Aut2Exe and window.

Now all you need to do is add this as a Non-Steam Game in steam go to another pc and stream away! Let us know what you think and if this could be improved at all 🙂