I have 2 laptops both of which use WiFi on a home router using 192.168.0.0 network for internet ( which is treated a a public network by my firewall as other visitors also use it) and also have been directly cabled together using a 10.0.0.0 network ( which is treated as a trusted network by my firewall. The Eset firewall is used by both under XP).
I've just added Windows 7 Ultimate to one of them and wish to reestablish the trusted network connection. I'm not yet familar with W7. It keeps asking me to join a Home Group but this only applies to talk to other W7 machines. I've set the IP address of the network card to 10.0.0.12 as under XP and also disabled the windows firewall but it's not able to talk. What am I missing?
I wish to end up with both laptops dualing bootable into XP or Win7 and able to network directly via cable regardless of which OS either is running.