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Can crossover cable be used between Windows 7 and Windows 8

By Dale Joyce ·
I have just purchased a new computer which has Windows 8 loaded and I would like to transfer files from my old computer which runs Windows 7 using a Crossover Cable. Is this possible.

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it is possible

by PurpleSkys In reply to Can crossover cable be us ...

but if you have a router, you could just transfer files through it.

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by Dale Joyce In reply to it is possible

No router unfortunately, just a **** Smith Crossover Cable Cat6. and all my Google searches seem to indicate that I can only cross over if I am using the same Windows version on each computer.

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Yes, after you set up IP's manually of course

by Slayer_ In reply to Can crossover cable be us ...

If you haven't made a crossover cable yet, try a normal patch cable first. Some of the new NICs can remap themselves to use a straight cable instead.
My laptop in 2007 could, my 2008 could not, my desktop from 2009 could not, but my 2012 laptop can.
It's a low chance, but easy to try.

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by Dale Joyce In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

Thank you. I purchased a Crossover cable Cat6 when I bought the computer but indications are you need the same version of Windows on each computer.

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

Slayer is correct, the crossover cable just swaps the Tx & Rx pairs so you don't need a switch. But the only two devices on the network are your Win7 and Win8 PC. So go to Win7 control panel - network settings - adapter. Set an IP4 static address to 192.168.0.1. Goto Win8, click on control panel tile (or right click in the bottom left corner of the display) Click on Network and Sharing center and Ethernet connection. Click on IP4 and hit properties. Set IP to 192.168.0.2. Get to a command prompt on one of the computers and try running the ping command e.g. if you are on the Win7 box type 'ping 192.168.0.2'. If you see packet return you are good. Should be able to share folders at that point or use Windows Easy Transfer PC - PC. You don't need the same OS version to do the above. :)

Hope this helps!

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by Slayer_ In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

You also have to set the default gateway to the other computers IP address.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

So your win 7 would be like this
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1
IP address: 192.168.0.2

Your win 8 like this
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.2
IP address: 192.168.0.1

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

No GW needs to be set as Dale isn't routing... Good point tho I did forget subnet mask. Tho the OS will probably set to default of 255.255.255.0.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

You have to. Windows forces you. (At least it did before)

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Yes, after you set up IP' ...

You are thinking subnet mask. Windows 7 doesn't require a GW, but it does want to know which part of the IP is network versus host. I just checked .

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