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File and Settings Transfer Wizard

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by DDC, May 25, 2005.

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  1. DDC

    DDC Thread Starter

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    I have a laptop and a desktop PC and would like to transfer files from one to another. I am trying to use the Windows File and Settings Transfer Wizard that comes with Windows XP but am having difficulties with it. I get both computers to the screen where it has the step to "Make sure both computers are on this screen" and i do that, then press next on both...and it stays there and doesn't detect anything even though i have an ethernet cable connected between them.

    Is there something I am doing wrong or perhaps there is another program other than the Windows that I could use that would make this process easier?

    Thanks.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Just plugging in an ethernet cable does not make them network together.

    What type of cable?
    Crossover or Patch (straight through)?
     
  3. DDC

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    It's a cat-5 cable and it said on the wizard that all i would need to do is have a connection from one to the other and have the wizard to that screen on both ones and it would work. It's Straight through
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    A peer to peer ethernet connection direct between 2 PC's requires a "crossover" cable to work, not a "straight through" cable.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    Using a USB flash drive, CD, or external hard drive would be easier.
     
  6. hansmax

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    The Ethernet cable will only work if both computers are networked. Actually, it's incidental, since you can use FAST over any network, wired or not.
     
  7. hansmax

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    Actually, you may find the crossover cable if you look for a "PC to PC serial data transfer cable". This may be for the older 9 pin or 25 pin serial ports (some have both on the same cable), or can be a USB (crossover type). They run $8 to $10 on the Internet. I agree that flash drive or CD would be easier, unless you've got Gigabytes to move.
     
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