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Please help Networking 2 computers (both running XP)

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Please help Networking 2 computers (both running XP)

I'm trying to Network 2 computers, so I can transfer data files between them. My Laptop (with XP Home) to connect to my Desktop (with XP Pro). I tried using a "Hub/Switch" to network them, but that didn't work.

Now I'm using an "Ethernet Crossover Cable" to connect them thru the 10/100 base T Ethernet Adaptors of both computers.

I ran the "Setup a home or small office network" wizzard to install the workgroup. I created some folders on both computers to be "Shared".

When I open "My Network Places" I can see the workgroup, but I cannot see the computer names of either computer, and I cannot see any folders that were shared out.

Does anyone know how to connect 2 XP computers using an "Ethernet Crossover Cable"?
Please help. Thanks very much.
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Can I assume that both PCs are in the same workgroup name?

Both PCs have unique names?

Run a quick ipcheck on each PC and report back the ip address and subnet mask

Start > run

ipconfig /all

report back
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