Direct Access Raspberry Pi Shell and Desktop on Laptop/PC without installing anything on the Raspberry Pi OS or connecting it to a Display Unit

Update 29th Dec, 2016: If you’re using the latest PIXEL Image, please make sure you enable the SSH Server by placing a a file named as ssh in the boot directory before trying any of the following methods. The SSH Server on boot has been disabled in the latest Raspbian image as a security measure. Read more about it here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/a-security-update-for-raspbian-pixel/

Before you go neck-deep into this post, please check if this post is applicable for you:

What you want to do:

  1. Access Raspberry Pi’s desktop on Laptop/PC screen

What you have:

  1. Raspberry Pi A+/B/B+/Pi 2 (If you’ve a Pi Zero, please try and let us know if this works on a Zero. Not tested with a Pi 3 either) running the latest Raspbian Wheezy (I’ve not yet tried it with recently released Raspbian Jessie based off Debian 8. If you’ve been successful with this latest release, please post in the comment and I’ll update it here. Thanks.)
  2. Laptop (Windows 7 or XP with Internet connection, required to download one setup file)
  3. A working SSH connection with Raspberry Pi (direct access, explained below)

What you don’t have (and not required):

  1. Display Device for the Raspberry Pi (HDMI enabled display unit / Old TV)
  2. Internet connection for the Raspberry Pi (LAN or WiFi)

Extra Stuff you need:

  1. Standard Network Cable (Cat 5, Standard or Crossover)
  2. PutTTY Software (will be used to SSH into the Pi)
  3. SD Card Writer

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