i want to connect the pc with xp to the laptop with 2000 and share the internet connection. the modem is connected to the xp px via usb. can i do this with the network cable or do i need extra hardware
i've just done this and it was with two XP Pro systems it is possable what you have to do is make sure the network cable is twisted pair between the two computers the run then run the network connection wizard on the desktop and then follow what it says on screen. it is simple to do when it all goes well so good luck one word of advice as well when its all done look in your connections to make sure the firewall has not been turned on via the wizard to do this right click on the broadband connection the propertys click on the adv tab and if the firewall is tick untick it all should then work good luck
Neither option should 'damage' the existing network configuration, merely allow you to choose which one to use. Be aware that if it is a corporate network, it may have restrictions imposed on what you can do. This may be both in the form of a policy ('thou shalt not connect the company laptop to another network') or systems restrictions imposed when Windows was first installed by your employer.