Transferring files between Win95 and XP

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Kaneohe

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I have a new XP machine and need to move about 2000 data files from my old Win95 machine onto the XP. How should I do this? I tried using the files transfer wizard with a serial laplink cable, but it takes forever (6+ hours for 100 files).

I tried setting up a home network using the network wizard, but was not sucessful----I'm a total novice at home networks. Help! I have a Linksys EtherFast 10/100 5 port Workgroup Hub and both machines have ethernet 10/100 cards in them---is this enough to allow my XP and Win95 machines to talk?

Any suggestions on How-To articles for such a task?

Can someone explain why I can't just connect an ethernet cable between the two PCs???

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I am a bit bemused, I would have thought a simple crossover cable between the two cards was the simplest and most direct method. (Must be a crossover cable). I have a permanent linkup that way, XP to 98SE, and I can see no reason why it wouldn't work for 95. Once linked, run the wizard on the XP machine to produce a floppy to set up the other machine.
 

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You have a hub and two machines with NICs, so you're all set. If you just want the network for a temp hookup, install the TCP/IP protocol on both sides, make the workgroup names the same, and share the disks on one of the machines, and you should be all set. You'll need to manually set the TCP/IP addresses, make one 192.168.2.1 and the other one 192.168.2.2, and make sure that NETBIOS over TCP/IP is checked in the advanced properties for both machines.

I believe the networking wizard for XP should make you a disk to help you get W95 connected, though maybe they stopped at W98 with that compatibility.
 

Kaneohe

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Jonwill, I intend for this network to be temporary---will be used just so I can move the 1000 files I need from Win95 to WinXP. The WinXP network wizard does not support Win95, and thus I am really lost. I need a simple step by step procedure for this project.
1. Connect hub to both PCs. ----I can do this! :)
2. Since the network wizard does not support Win95, do I still need to run it on the WinXP machine? How do
I configure/setup the Win95 machine?

Mahalo
Kaneohe
 

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Configure the networking on XP NETBEUI only, you'll have to get the NETBEUI files out of the \Valueadd\Msft\Net\NetBEUI directory on the CD. You'll have Microsoft Client and NETBEUI protocol on the XP machine.

On the W95 machine, you need Microsoft Client, NETBEUI, and File and Print Sharing. After you get that going, go into My Computer and right click on the drive(s) you want to share, and select Sharing. I'm rusty on W95, so you may have to go to properties to find sharing, I can't really remember. In any case, you want to share the drives you need to access.

After that is set, and the computers are connected, you should be able to find the W95 machine in Network Neighborhood on the XP machine and copy the files.

The reason I don't suggest TCP/IP for this task is that W95's TCP/IP was pretty buggy, and I found it difficult at times to get it working properly. NETBEUI requires no configuration, and it by far simpler to get going.

Hope that helps you out...
 
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