Sometimes its not practical to have a monitor and keyboard attached to your Raspberry PI.
This is a quick guide to setting up your PI to allow windows to use Remote Desktop to connect to your PI
This guide is the result of the Bloominglabs Raspberry Pi and Adafruit Build Nights.
Step 1: What Is Needed:
A Raspberry Pi (any version should work)
Ethernet cable or WIFI adapter to connect to your network
Keyboard, Video Monitor, and Mouse to setup the software
A computer running Windows used to connect to your Raspberry Pi
Step 2: Installing XRDP Server
enter "sudo apt-get update" to get the most current list of packages
enter "sudo apt-get install xrdp" to install the server
enter "sudo reboot" to restart your system
XRDP will now automatically run whenever your Raspberry Pi is running.
Step 3: Find Your IP
Open LXterminal on your Raspberry Pi
The green line shows where to find your IP address. Write this down and save it for later.
(The red line is to hide the MAC address on the Pi I was using for the demo)
Step 4: Connect to Your Raspberry Pi
In Windows, open the Remote Desktop Client.
You will find it under:
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection.
Enter the IP address from the previous step.
Step 5: Login to Your Raspberry Pi
Enter your username and password as you normally would.
After a brief loading window, you will have your Raspberry Pi desktop just as if you were in front of it with a monitor and keyboard.