These are the things you should look out for;
1] Each computer must have the same Workgroup name.
2] Use the Networking wizard in My Network Places. If you have floppy disk drives on both computers, let the network Wizard create a floppy disk from one to be used in the other.
3] If either/both computers have a firewall, (they should have), make sure the firewall on each allows the connection between the two.
I don't know about crossover cables. The technical requirements and other tips will come from others.
Can anybody help please?
I am trying to network a laptop using XP
to an Desktop again using XP with a crossed
ethernet cable how do I configure both machines
to file share .
Can someone help please.