It's important to know the operating systems involved , processor speeds, and whether they both have "Network Interface Cards", or USB ports etc. It also makes a difference on "how much" information you're trying to transfer. Remember that most of the programs will need to be "reinstalled" on the new computer if you're going to us them again. So, if you only have a handful of documents, or small pictures, to transfer, do it with a floppy disk or a CD Writer, if available. Some folks have done it by sending themselves, or a friend e-mail, then retrieving it when the new computer is installed.
On the other hand, if the Laptop has large amounts of pictures, or other files, then you might want to network the two computers temporarily so the data can be transferred quickly and easily. Here are a couple of links on how you might choose to do that:
Direct Connection with a "Laplink" Cable
USB LinQ Link Cable Networking
USB Cable Networking : Introduction
If both machines have a network card installed, purchase a CAT5 Cross-over cable and simply connect the two computers through the NIC's.:
Configuring Your Home Network
Hope this helps.
Is there any way to swap information between my pc and my laptop? I cannot create a network as such because the laptop belongs to my work and I cannot add hardware to it. Can they be linked via USB terminals?