How to Connect a Laptop to a Desktop Via USB

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How to Connect a Laptop to a Desktop Via USB
USB cable with standard plug. (usb image by Edsweb from

Connecting a laptop to a desktop takes less than a minute with a special type of USB cable known as a bridged cable. This differs from a standard USB cable, which should not be used because the different circuitry could damage the USB ports in each computer and possibly other internal components as well. A bridged USB cable comes with software on a CD-ROM that must be installed so the computers can communicate with each other for file transfers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bridged USB cable

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  1. 1

    Open the laptop CD-ROM drive to insert the software CD that comes with the bridged USB cable and close the tray.

  2. 2

    Install the software by clicking the on-screen buttons when prompted, then reboot the laptop.

  3. 3

    Install the software on the desktop computer in the same manner and reboot when finished.

  4. 4

    Connect the bridged USB cable from any USB port on the laptop to any free port on the desktop.

Tips and warnings

  • Connect computers only with a USB cable labelled specifically for bridged use. Any other type of USB cable could damage the computers.

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