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Copying files between two XP machines

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I have two Windows XP laptops and I want to copy some files from LaptopA to LaptopB. They are not networked.

I have a spare RJ-45 cable, is it possible to connect the two laptops together via the cable and copy files? How can I get LaptpopA to 'see' LaptopB?
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Also....  You may be prompted to enter credentials on the machine attaching to the share on the other computer.   This is necessary if the user that is logged on the attaching computer does not have an account on the "sharing" computer or the password on the two accounts do not match.
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Thanks guys - do I need to set an IP address on any of the machines?
Yes, everything is in my link I provided.
laptop A 192.168.1.1
laptop B 192.168.1.2
If you don't have a crossover cable some network adapters are smart enough to do it, but mostly not.

If they both have wireless you can conceivably go into the wireless settings and allow peer-to-peer connections, not just access point connections.  Be wary however that leaving it that way is considered a huge security hole whereby sitting in a park, library, cafe, etc you might get hacked or infected at any time.   (And while I'm on the topic some set-up wireless access points close to popular spots as honey-pots in the hopes of gaining access to those who would connect to them)

So, the only content you should leave in a folder tree that is shared is content you don't care if someone gets a hold of.   Or, start sharing, do the transfer, stop sharing.

Don't forget to set the network adapter TCP/IP settings back from manually set to automatic afterward or else know/remember you'll likely have trouble if you go to plug into a network later/elsewhere with the wrong hard settings.
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Thanks...

Will give it a go with a normal cable...if not, I'll have to buy a x-over.

Can I connect two machines by USB out of interest?
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you can just invest in a cheap hub it will just cost you about a few bucks more than cables.

Also for usb you would need a male to male cable. I suggest going to cheap hub route.


Sorry I meant you need a specialized male to male cable for the usb networking.
Yep in the bad ole days people would link laptops together via serial cable *gasp.  The most popular application for it at that time was Laplink Pro at about $150.   Once every machine pretty much had an Ethernet built-in and you didn't have to spend hundred on a pcmcia network adapter, then network cable became popular, and networking is included (it wasn't always, you had to add Novell Netware to Win 3 until MS Networking was included in Windows for Workgroups 3.1.  Today many have wireless, almost always have USB and RJ45 Ethernet.

Another very popular means of xferring is 2, 4, 8 or n Gigabytes at a time on a USB memorystick thumbdrive.