If you want to automate the remote desktop assistance (not remote desktop) with Windows XP you run into some problems. First of all I ran into the problem that „rcimlby.exe“, which seems to be a good point to start lacks with its commandline parameter. I thought that „rcimlby.exe“ has a hidden parameter to submit a computer netbios name, or a ipaddress to connect directly to the computer after launching the application, but after debugging the exe I didn’t find any indication for a computerobject parameter, so I started to look elsewhere and found a pretty simple solution.
As it turns out, rcimlby.exe calls a help website (Windows XP help) from where you can start a remote desktop assistance. But this website hasn’t a parameter for the computerobject as well and it seems to be impossible to call this website within the help explorer, so I traced the way rcimlby.exe calls this website and found this call:
But there is no way to add a parameter for the computerobject, so I started to find out where these weird (and never used 😀 ) html helpfiles are stored (especially where UnSolicitedRCUI.htm is stored)