You will need a special patch cable called a "cross-over" cable. Some of the
wires are swapped internally allowing the direct connection. Most good
electronic/computer supply stores sell them. Or you could also purchase an
inexpensive router or switch and use "normal" patch cables...but that
exceeds your stated requirements.
"Vishnu" <Vishnu@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I would like to connect a Desktop computer running on Vista Ultimate to a
> laptop running on XP Home edition using a ethernet cable.
> Please let me know how i can transfer data between the two computers using
> only the ethernet cable.
> Vishnu Viswanathan