Unable to Connect Using Direct Cable Connection

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SYMPTOMS

When you attempt to establish a connection between a Microsoft Windows 95-based and a Windows XP-based computer by using Direct Cable Connection, you may be unable to connect.

CAUSE

This behavior can occur when you use the default protocols installed by Windows 95 and Windows XP. By default, Windows 95 installs the NetBEUI protocol and the IPX/SPX protocol. However, Windows XP installs only Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Because Direct Cable Connection requires that the same protocol be installed on both computers, you are unable to connect.

RESOLUTION

To connect and share resources between two computers running Windows 95 and Windows XP by using Direct Cable Connection, you should have the following components installed:

Note: Ensure that the systems are not already connected by way of dial-up networking.
  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
  • TCP/IP and/or IPX/SPX protocols installed on both computers
To add these components, use the appropriate method:

Microsoft Windows 95

Client for Microsoft Networks

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Networks.
  2. On the Configuration tab, click Add.
  3. Click Client, and then click Add.
  4. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft. In the Network Clients box, click Client For Microsoft Networks, click OK, and then click OK again.
  5. Restart your computer when you are prompted to do so.

File and Printer Sharing

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Networks.
  2. Click Add, click Service, and then click Add.
  3. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft. In the Network Services box, click File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks, and then click OK.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart your computer when you are prompted to do so.

Protocols

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Networks.
  2. Click Add, click Protocol, and then click Add.
  3. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft. In the Network Services box, click a protocol. Ensure that at least one protocol is common to both computers.
  4. Click OK, and then click OK again.
  5. Restart your computer when you are prompted to do so.

Microsoft Windows XP

Client for Microsoft Networks

The client for Microsoft Networks is installed by default. However, if it has been removed, you may need to reinstall it. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Switch to Classic View, and then double-click Network Connections.
  3. Right-click the network connection that you want and then on the shortcut menu that appears, click Properties.
  4. Click Install, click Client, and then click Add.
  5. Click Client for Microsoft Networks, and then click OK.
  6. Click Close.

File and Printer Sharing

File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is installed by default. However, if it has been removed, you may need to reinstall it. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Switch to Classic View, and then double-click Network Connections.
  3. Right-click the network connection that you want, and then click Properties.
  4. Click Install, click Service, and then click Add.
  5. Click File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, and then click OK.
  6. Click Close.

Protocols

Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is installed by default in Windows XP. To install other network protocols, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Switch to Classic View, and then double-click Network Connections.
  3. Right-click the network connection that you want, and then click Properties.
  4. Click Install, then click Protocol, and then click Add.
  5. Click the protocol that you want, and then click OK.

    Note: Ensure that at least one network protocol is common to both computers that share the direct cable connection.
  6. Click Close.

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Article ID: 310152 - Last Review: May 3, 2002 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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