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

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?

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Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
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
Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
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.
Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
And everything - EVERYTHING - involves software - something has to tell each computer how to talk to the other - that's software.
rj94070Author Commented:
Thanks, folks.
So much info to digest. Both of you pointed me to great info!
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
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