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?

Thanks.
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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
http://www.makeitsimple.com/how-to/dyi_crossover.htm

OR my website :0)
http://www.petenetlive.com/Tech/Networking/networking1.htm



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

Basic XP Home Networking Guide - How To Network Two PC's
http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/basicxpnet/basicXPnet1.htm

Description of File Sharing and Permissions in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;304040

*****General Info*****

http://www.bytescribe.com/support/networking.htm

http://theresourcefork.com:81/WWWserver/techinfo/Build_Your_Own_Crossover_Cable/index.shtml#chap4 (Good site with Networking info & Illustrations)

http://www.nuevaecija.net/articles/CrossOver/crossover.php

How to set up a home network without using a hub
http://www.comusolv.com/support/printmodule/network_with_no_hub.htm

Setting up a home network between two computers
http://www.epinions.com/cmd-review-41D6-5C355BF-39FBC8A4-prod1

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

Home Network Kit
http://www.bobtailed.co.uk/html/home_network_kit.html
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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.
http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/usbmain.htm
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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.
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rj94070Author Commented:
Thanks, folks.
So much info to digest. Both of you pointed me to great info!
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ
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