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Networking two computers on XP

by snyde1 / August 15, 2006 6:52 PM PDT

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.
Steve Hyde

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Tell us what you have tried so far, and the error messages
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 15, 2006 8:32 PM PDT

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.


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by snyde1 / August 15, 2006 10:12 PM PDT

Thanks Mark,
I'll try that tonight thanks for
your help.

Steve Hyde

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In addition to what Mark said
by Steven Haninger / August 15, 2006 10:36 PM PDT

Are these Home or Pro? This could make a difference as Pro has some additional security settings if simple file sharing is not used. I have also found it best when users were defined on all systems on a network with the same names and passwords on each. Each PC will need an IP address/subnet mask. My experience is that this is simpler and more foolproof if done manually using the MS convention. Basically one will be something like and the other with the default subnet of on both. Because you are using a crossover cable, this means you have no server to assign address (such as a router). You should set these manually. You also need to set up "sharing". You can share most folders or create specific ones to share. A right click on a folder will bring up the sharing routine. Hope this helps.

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