Networking my Vista laptop to my XP Pro desktop
So my laptop came this afternoon - woot, for sure, except there's a lot of stuff on my desktop I want to get onto it without having to resort to the million DVD march.
My first attempt was the old fashioned "plug it all in and prey". I have two possible cables: what I assume is a standard RJ45, which came with my Xbox 360, and the one currently connecting my desktop to the router.
Needless to say, the plug'n'pray didn't work. So I get to the network connection wizards.
I've tried all available options, I've created network setup disks (floppies!) and I even googled once or twice. I have no idea what's wrong.
One weird thing is that when the cables are all plugged in, both computers state that all cables are unplugged...
Workgroups are the same. Obviously, network diagnostics stuff detects nothing (it never does, in my experience).
Any advice / help for someone who is almost a total network newb?