Depending on your needs, you can achieve this by doing one of the following.
1. Running X Applications on your Windows 8.1
This can be done by using X11Forwarding.
- Install Xming on Windows machine
X11Forwarding yes in
- Configure PuTTy to use X11 Forwarding
- Can be found in the menu: Connection > SSH > X11
- Tick checkbox Enable X11 Forwarding
- Enter localhost:0 in X Display location field
xclock (or other X application, e.g.
xeyes) via your SSH shell.
More info on Xming/PuTTy: https://wiki.utdallas.edu/wiki/display/FAQ/X11+Forwarding+using+Xming+and+PuTTY
2. Taking over the session with VNC
This looks more like what you want to accomplish.
You can take over the whole desktop by using VNC, just like you would use RDP on Windows.
Edit the ~/.vnc/xstartup file to start a GNOME session whenever vncserver is started. The first time you run the vncserver script it will ask you for a password you want to use for your VNC session.
A sample xstartup file:
# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# unset SESSION_MANAGER
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
#xsetroot -solid grey
#vncconfig -iconic &
#xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
if test -z "$DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS" ; then
eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax –exit-with-session`
echo "D-BUS per-session daemon address is: \