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How to Transfer Files With a Crossover Cable

Use a crossover cable to easily transfer files between two computers. Crossover cables allow two computers to create their own personal, wired network to share files and folders. Each computer can share only the files and folders they choose, or share all the files on the computer. Unlike creating a typical network, the only equipment needed is a crossover cable since most computers are already equipped with a network card.

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  1. Turn off each computer.

  2. Connect each end of the crossover cable into the network card on each computer.

  3. Restart the computers.

  4. Right-click "My Computer," choose "Properties" and click the "Computer Name" tab.

  5. Write down the name beside "Workgroup."

  6. Repeat Step 4 on the second computer.

  7. Press "Change" and enter the workgroup name from Step 5 in the "Workgroup" textbox. Press "OK" to save the changes.

  8. Press "OK" when the welcome message appears.

  9. Press "OK" when prompted to restart the computer.

  10. Click "Start" and select "My Computer" on the first computer after boot up.

  11. Right-click the drive letter that you want to transfer files from. You can select individual files and folders after the drive itself is shared.

  12. Choose "Sharing and Security."

  13. Click the following two warning messages, which appear as blue links: "If you understand the risk, but still want to share the root of the drive, click here." And "If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here."

  14. Click the radio button beside "Just enable file sharing" and press "OK."

  15. Check the box "Share this folder on the network." Either accept the default share name or enter one of your own in the "Share Name" box.

  16. Check "Allow network users to change my files" if you want to allow full access to your shared files. Press "OK."

  17. Double-click the drive letter you just shared and browse to the first file or folder you want to share.

  18. Right-click the folder you want to share and choose "Sharing and Security."

  19. Un-check "Make this folder private" and check "Share this folder on the network." Enter a share name or accept the default name.

  20. Check "Allow network users to change my files" if you want to allow full access. Press "OK."

  21. Repeat Steps 10 through 20 on the second computer to share the files and folders on that computer.

  22. Go to "Start," select "Control Panel" and choose "Network Connections" on the computer you want to transfer files to.

  23. Choose "Network Places," select "View workgroup computers" and choose the name of the computer you want to copy files from.

  24. Copy files as if the folder was located on your own computer.

  25. Tip

    Crossover cables are commonly used when transferring files between an old computer and a new one.


    Do not allow full access if you do not want other users to change files on your computer. Only allow full access if you fully trust the other user. Do not try to use a regular Ethernet cable. These are not crossover cables, even though the two look extremely similar.

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Things You'll Need

  • Crossover cable
  • Installed network card in both computers

About the Author

C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.

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