Please excuse my total ignorance, and (probable) wrong use of terminology.
I have a laptop PC, which uses Vista, and a desktop PC, which uses XP.
Independently (at present) they both have access to the Internet.
Neither PC knows about the other one i.e. they are "stand alone"
I wanted to be able to make contact between the laptop and the desktop in some way, hence why I listed which technology each PC has already installed.
It was a question of: are the 2 PCs capable of recognising and contacting one another to transfer files etc, (bearing in mind 2 different operating systems), and if so, which of the technologies they already have would be best to use to create this "network".
Is wireless possible/best/easiest to configure, or would I be better using LAN?
If wireless is easier, do both PCs share a common (built in) technology which both will recognise? i.e. can they both "speak the same language" to one another?
Could they both share a printer with any method of networking I end up using?
And finally, I suppose the $64,000 question is..... will it be easy enough for a total ignoramus such as myself to set up (using, or not using, the built in wizards for example). Does the XP wizard talk the same language as the Vista wizard?
Bear in mind, I was UNABLE to transfer documents and settings with the "easy transfer" Belkin cable - that caused the worse PC crash I've ever had in 8 years of PC ownership, and cost me ££'s to get a tech guy to sort out. [I'd NEVER use another Belkin product as long as I live].
I hope Dan, that I have explained better, what I'm trying to ask?