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Old 08. Jan 2015, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows 7 and XP connected to each other with Ethernet cable

I have connected my Windows 7 laptop to Windows XP desktop with an Ethernet Crossover Cable-Cat 6. The adapters are OK, but there is no connectivity. I need help to configure the connections so that Win 7 and XP can communicate with each other, through the Ethernet cable. See screen shots for connectivity details. The first two are of WIN 7 and and the last two are of XP.

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(1A) WIN 7 LAN.JPG

(1B) WIN 7 LAN STA.JPG

(2A) XP LAN.jpg

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Is this to share folders?
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Is this to share folders?
Not exactly. I want to transfer folders, programmes etc. between the two computers (send from one to the other and store, so that they both have all the important material). That way I can work on one computer, almost as if I was working on the other, without switching on the other one. Also to see if I can store the disk image of one computer in the hard disk of the other computer, after creating new partitions for that purpose.

I already have TeamViewer and working fine, so file sharing is not a problem. I am trying to see whether these things can be done, using a crossover cable, not dependent on a wireless connection.

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Old 09. Jan 2015, 07:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Microsoft has an article on how to do this:
Connect two computers using a crossover cable
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without switching on the other one
Not going to happen unless the drives are external.
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Not going to happen unless the drives are external.
I guess what she means to say is that, because she will transfer all important material from one computer to another, they will have identical material, and therefore, she can work on any of the computer... without having to turn on the other one, in case she needed a file (which will be the case now).
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It depends what she means by "without switching on the other one" which is a bit ambiguous.

1. If she means, "without turning the other computer on" then Burn-IT is correct the files won't be available.

2. If she means, "whithout switching herself from one on to the other" assuming they are both running then it will work.

Melita, you probably will want to look at a file synchronization program that will automatically keep your two computers in sync. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...on-utility.htm
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Microsoft has an article on how to do this:
Connect two computers using a crossover cable
Thank you for the link. This method works in a very limited sense and the problems I had earlier, trying to connect to 'Home Group' (My thread "How can I transfer data between my 2 computers: 8th December 2014: "General Computer Support"), is repeating again with the Crossover Cable. That is why I got TeamViewer at that time and it gives unrestricted access to either computer. I got the crossover cable to see whether it is possible to get the same unrestricted access using a crossover cable instead of TeamViewer.

Also, the Microsoft article that you referred me to, says "This works best if both computers are running this version (WIN 7) of Windows or Windows Vista". So, right now I don't have much hope of success.

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I guess what she means to say is that, because she will transfer all important material from one computer to another, they will have identical material, and therefore, she can work on any of the computer... without having to turn on the other one, in case she needed a file (which will be the case now).
That is exactly what I meant Anupam!

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Melita, you probably will want to look at a file synchronization program that will automatically keep your two computers in sync. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...on-utility.htm
Thank you for this. I'll have a look at it later. I am trying to see whether everything in the two computers can be sent back and forth at will, using the crossover cable. It seems to be just wishful thinking at the moment!

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Old 10. Jan 2015, 05:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Your best bet for this project would be to either search for this on internet, and read the various guides/forums, or, post on a network specific forum.

Here is one thread I found, which might be useful. It has a few links.

http://www.sevenforums.com/network-s...ver-cable.html

I will suggest a simple solution. Get an external hard drive, if you can afford it.

Copying/moving stuff to external hard drive will be much faster, from PC to drive, or drive to PC, than through network. It will be a two step process though.

Also, external drive can act as backup too, where you can keep copies of your important files.
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Hello Anupam,

Thank you for this link. I might as well try this one too. The IP address shown on this link (see attachment), is it different to the Internet IP address that is to do with Internet anonymity? I am very poor with Networking

How do I access this information in my XP and Win 7?

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