I need to access my desktop via local LAN using a windows tablet or laptop, what software do you recommend? Desktop has Windows Home. Main usage is: accessing large PDFs / possible gaming.
If you want a slick and professional app, look into TeamViewer, which is available for Windows, Linux, Max, Android, iOs, Chrome OS and Raspberry Pi, which ought to cover all possibilities.
It is free for non-commercial use.
TeamViewer will let you have remote access from one device to another and will let you use the keyboard/mouse/touch controls of the controlling device to control the controlled device.
If you do not like the idea of your data going through a corporation's servers, then consider some form of Virtual Network COmputing (VNC) to get a direct connection, instead of sandwiching TeamViewer's server between your devices.
Wikipedia has a comparison of remote desktop software.
Speaking form personal experience, I have been happy for decades with TightVNC, which I use provately and have also used in systems which I have sold to industry.
There is a server version for Windows, Linux & Mac, so that will cover your desktop with the PDF files, they also have a viewer for Android & iOs.
That should be enough for you, and involves no 3rd party server, which might access your data, but feel free to look at other VNCs.
All of the above solutions have built-in file transfer software, to allow you copy some of those PDFs after viewing them in-situ.
But, even those might be overkill. Windows has the built-in ability to access a directory on a remote PC with a driver letter.
Thus, my home server had a directory
d:\backups, which appears to my laptop as
That is probably the simplest solution, and would work for "
accessing large PDFs", but probably not "possible gaming" - depending on what you mean by that. If you just want to run an executable from the desktop on a laptop, then, yes, this will work. If you have a login for an internet game on the desktop, then you may not be able to launch it and control it from an Android tablet.
Since those are part of the o/s, you should ask further questions on SuperUser.