Did you know you could login to a Windows machine remotely without additional software through the remote desktop protocol? Well you can, all you gotta do is enable remote desktop in your windows machine Then grab Gnome-RDP:
Click here to install within firefox with apt-url or:
sudo apt-get install gnome-rdp
Now that Gnome-RDP is installed lets fire it up:
Now click on New, it will bring up the connection settings, input a session name then under computer select the ip address or dns name the computer is assigned to via your router or hosts file. Fill in the Username/Password and click ok, then click connect
In Properties select RDP and then you can select the resolution/color depth and sound options.