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Hello,
I have two notebooks and would like to connect them in order to transfer data from old to new. Have LAN cable. Older has Win 98, Zone Alarm firewall, new- XP Pro, both have network card.
How is it possible to connect them and how the data transfering looks like? I.e. how to transfer Outlook express files, etc.?
 
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In addition to simply connecting the two computers with a cable, you also need to set up a network and share from at least one of the computers.

Might also suggest uninstalling Zone Alarm until you get everything transferred.

I might also be easier just to share the entire C: drive of the Win98 computer. Then you don't need to worry about any extra security from the XP one. You can transfer either direction that way.

You also need to make sure you have the same IP scheme and Workgroup Name.

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The basics for networking are:

1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other firewall.

4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

5. Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

6. For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP's and completely uninstall any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

7. With XP, make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

8. More details about how to network XP can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networks can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm

10. Apply the registry edit to fix the browsing delay from XP to Win9x computers
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#browsing_delay.

There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting usually works. If browsing is a problem, you might set it to Enabled. But do not Disable it.
 

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Thanks to all, everything works, I can see all old computer's data, but where to transfer it ? My documents to My documents or to another place? What about Outlook Expresss files? Make new folders for transfer or tranfer to existing ones in XP?
 
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Usually I just make a directory on the new HDD and put everything in there until I sort out where I want to put them all. There is no right answer for this question really its a matter of preferance.
 
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See if you can use the Export/Import on the Outlook Express files.


How to Move Mail Folders Between Two Computers


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Open the Win98 Outlook Express then from the Win98 OE toolbar, select Tools > Accounts > select your email account > Export.

To transfer your emails
1. Search the Win98 hard drive for "*.dbx" and note the folder these files are in.
2. Open Outlook Express on the new pc and click File > Import > Messages > Outlook Express 5 or 6 (depending on your Win98 version of Outlook Express) > Import Mail from an OE 5 or 6 Store Directory > Browse and navigate to the folder on the old drive which holds your DBX files.

Address Book
1. Search old hard drive for *.wab.
2. In the new OE click File > Import > Address Book and point to the file you found on the old drive.
 
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