Can i network with windows 98 and windows xp?


Is it "technically" possible to network (i.e. direct connect via ethernet crossover cable without a hub) a new Dell 4550 (2.53 GHz) with WINXP with a Dell Optiplex 5133 (133 MHz) with WIN 95?

I have previously successfully connect 2 Dell Optiplex computers both operating with WIN95, one of which was the Optiplex computer mentioned above. I seemed to have lost the secret sauce.

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This question was answered on March 18, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Sure you can network those two computers.

Just make sure you have the same IP network address and TCP/IP installed Also make sure you have the supported hardware like Nic card, etc.

Note::: remember if you are networking using a crossover cable you are limited in terms of functionality You cannot setup a domain, active directory etc Basically the only thing you can do with a crossover is share files

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Posted by bin of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 18, 2003