Windows home network not working
December 26, 2005 6:51 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to set up a very simple 2-PC network, with no networking experience, and I can't figure out why it won't work.
I have a old computer (running Windows 98) and a new computer (running Windows XP). I want to transfer lots and lots of files from the old computer to the new, after which the old computer will be given away. So a quick home network connection seems like the best way. They both have ethernet ports, so I'm using a crossover cable that I got from Radio Shack.
I ran the "set up or change your home office network" wizard on the XP machine. These computers do not have internet access, so I selected the options relevant to that. Then, I used the Windows XP install disk that came with the XP machine to run the same wizard on the Windows 98 machine. I named the old computer "OLD," and the new computer "NEW" and made sure I put in the same group name ("LOCK") for both. I restarted when told to do so. But the two computers cannot see each other. I've gone to sites like geekgirls.com looking for clues, but I'm still in the dark. What have I missed?