Crossover cable and two notebooks, one with Vista, the other with XP Professional
I just cannot make it work! One notebook with XP Professional, the other with Vista. I want to connect to the XP notebook from the Vista notebook so that I have access to all the information contained in the XP notebook. I am using a crossover cable. I thinkI have tried almost everything contained in the Online Help, but I have had no success. Can anyone help me?
June 4th, 2007 4:45pm
I used the "Windows Easy Transfer wizard" Without a problem using a crossover cable, Heres what I did. Note that if UAC (User Access Control) is active you may be asked to confirm some actions 1. On the Vista machine open"Contol panel" -> "Network and Internet" -> "Network and sharing center" -> "Manage network connections" 2. Rignt click on the connection for your Eithernet port (default name will be "Local Area Connection")and choose "Properties" 3. Select the "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" line and click the properties button 4. Click the "Use the following IP adress" button and enter 192.168.0.2 in the address field and 255.255.255.0 in the Subnet mask don't worry about the DNS or Gateway then click OK 5. click "Start" then right click "Computer" and choose "Properties" verify the name listed under Workgroup (both machine will need to be in the same workgroup) 6. on the XP machine open "Control Panel" -> "Network and Internet Connections" -> "Network Connections" 7. Rignt click on the connection for your Eithernet port (default name will be "Local Area Connection")and choose "Properties" 8. Select the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" line and click the properties button 9. Click the "Use the following IP adress" button and enter 192.168.0.3 in the address field and 255.255.255.0 in the Subnet mask don't worry about the DNS or Gateway then click OK 10. click "Start" then right click "My Computer" and choose "Properties" then choose the "Computer Name" tab and verify the name listed under Workgroup (both machine will need to be in the same workgroup) 11. Click the "change" button and change the workgroupto match the Vista machine's workgroupif neededthen click OK You should now be able to see the other computer and/or use the Windows easy transfer wizard.
July 2nd, 2007 11:28pm
Ok. I'll give it a try and see if it works. Thanks a lot!
July 3rd, 2007 3:16pm
I did all that and still the computers can't detect each other please urgent help!thanks
January 8th, 2008 10:35pm
evronia, Make sure that you are using a crossover cable to connect the PCs,a normal patch cable will not work when connecting 2 PCs directly. If you don't have a crossover cable you can use a 4 port hub or switch between the PCs. Also check the Workgroup name and make sure that it matchec on bonth PCs, The subnetmask should be the same on both PCs and the IP address should be adjacent numbers (i.e. 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.2 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0)the reason for this is to make sure that both PCs are on the same network. Note: You may not be able to see the other computer from Vista by clicking on "Network" on the start menu unless you turn on "Network discovery" in the Network and shareing centeralso turn on "File sharing" on the Visa machine and "File and print shareing" on the XP machine if you need to copy files of map drives etc..
January 9th, 2008 12:46am
I set up the network between vista, my laptop, and xp, desktop. It works!! Printer sharing on desktop hp 870cxi centronics that would not workon laptop (as no port) and fileshairing on xp & vista.Setup home network in windows xp. At the end it offers to make a disk use this disk on vista and it works fine. (you can just copy all the files from the floppy to a memory stick for a laptop)Then setup file and printer sharing as you require. It even works over my wireless network.Hope this helps.JOE
January 5th, 2009 5:16pm
You need to configure both computers correctly with crossover cable connected, also ensure no firewall blocking on computer (Windows firewall, antivirus firewall, etc).Once the computers are configured and connected correctly, should be able to ping the other computer. Proceed to enable simple file sharing or share fire with user/group permission in Windows XP.
January 11th, 2009 6:29am