I want to transfer files from my desktop computer to my laptop (which recently had everything wiped out), and I'd like to avoid having to burn and reburn CDs. My desktop is WinXP Pro and the laptop is WinXP Home, and I have an RJ45 Male/Male CAT 5e Crossover connection cable. When I connect the computers through my Netgear router, they appear to be able to read each other (the router lights up and the cable itself is lit at the ports), but I can't seem to establish a direct network. To be honest, I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to be looking for.
I tried to "Set up a home or small office network" for my desktop computer in the "Network Tasks" section of "Network Connections" in the Control Panel, but when it tries to create the network, I receive an error message, saying:
"Cannot Complete the Network Setup Wizard
An error occurred during configuration of the network on this computer.
You can configure the network manually, or you can run the wizard again with different settings."
Only I don't know how to configure manually, and I don't think I should be using different settings.
I even switched to classic mode and clicked on "My Network Places" and then "View workgroup computers" in the "Network Tasks" section, and it says it isn't accessible and that I might not have permission to view that resource.
So I don't really know what to do, and it's getting so that maybe copying several CDs is less of a hassle. Are there any required components I'm missing? Is transferring files not that simple? Is there oerhaps some way I can establish a Virtual Private Network?
Any assistance is appreciated.