How to connect 2 Windows XP desktops BY CABLE to exchange files?

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I don't want to use a software home network. I want to use a physical cable to connect the 2 PCs and move files back and forth. Is this possible? If so, how? Can I use their USB ports?

Question by:rj94070
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes but you need a dedicated USB Data cable and software.

    a Better option is to use a crossover cable

    Networking Two Pc's with a crossover cable

    Each PC will need a NIC (network Interface Card) and you will
    need a Cat5 Crossover cable (this is different from a normal
    network cable!

    Here what a crossover looks like and how it differs from a
    straight through cable

    OR my website :0)

    *****Setting up on XP*****

    Basic XP Home Networking Guide - How To Network Two PC's

    Description of File Sharing and Permissions in Windows XP;EN-US;304040

    *****General Info***** (Good site with Networking info & Illustrations)

    How to set up a home network without using a hub

    Setting up a home network between two computers

    *****Networking Hardware*****

    Home Network Kit
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    What do you mean by " software home network "?

    Generally, it's easiest to network using the proper tools. (Network cards, cables, and switches).  

    You CAN use a USB cable... but it has to be a special USB cable.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    And everything - EVERYTHING - involves software - something has to tell each computer how to talk to the other - that's software.

    Author Comment

    Thanks, folks.
    So much info to digest. Both of you pointed me to great info!
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    by:Pete Long

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