You can use a crossover cable to share files and folders between the two computers.
A crossover cable looks exactly the same as any ethernet cable, but its internal wiring is reversed respect to the regular cables used to connect computers to routers or switches.Crossover cables have the 1st and 3rd wires (counting from left to right) crossed, and the 2nd and 6th wires crossed, thay can be recognised because the word Crossover is printed on top of the cable.
Before proceeding ensure that the cable you are using is a crossover. Crossover wiring isdifferent. By using an ordinary ethernet cable you will not be able to extablish a directconnection between computers.
To use the crossover you will need to disconnect any other cable connection to computer ethernet cards. Naturally both computers must have a wired network adapter installed .
After connecting the crossover, you will need to configure the network connection.
Turn off both computers, connect the crossover (cat5 or cat6) cable, and turn back on computers.
Ensure that all firewallare turned off, and on Vista answer yes to all requests of authorization for the new network.
On both computers go to system properties, and ensure that the two computers have the same workgroup.
Second step is going to Sharing and Security, in system properties, and sharing the files and folder that you want to transfer.
Once the folders are shared you will see in My computer (Computer on Vista) the folder shared from the other computer. Simply copy and paste the files.
You may be asked to restart computer after each step.
If after sharing files and folder you want to share Internet connection, then you will have to assign two IP addresses that are in the same range to the two connected computers.
An IP address is a series of numbers from 1 to 256, in the format XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX . The two IP addresses must share the first three numbers to share the internet connection. In the real case, you can set the IP adresses to 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2.
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