Many thanks for clear instructions. I have connected my laptop to my pc via a cross over cable & used the network settings as described. They are definitely connected now & I can see each icon in the others network places. So all sounds good except that I keep getting access denied messages. 192.168.1.1. & other machine 192.168.1.2 OK
Sub ok 255.255.255.0 States manually configured
Please help them now to exchange info files etc... Many thanks once again for all help so far.