I'm looking for a USB cable to plug into 2 computers so that I can transfer files from one to the other. I want something as simple to use as possible, without having to go into network settings or file sharing settings.
When I plug a USB flash drive in, XP loads the driver and I can transfer to and from the drive - that is the kind of simplicity I'm looking for.
Is that how the USB to USB cables work or do they require more complicated setting up ?
You will need a USB cable with special circuitry for the connection of two computers. You cannot connect with ordinary cable as you will damage the computers. Unless both machines are USB2 it will be very slow and you will still have to setup the connection through either software supplied with the cable or MS Network Wizard. Two LAN cards and a Cat 5 cross over cable is another alternative. Depending on the size of files to be transferred a larger flash drive is the simplest method. I have a LAN but use a flash drive for transferring files as it saves having both machines on at the same time
The link from Ambra4 is what I'm after, which doesn't require any setup, thanks.
As for using an ordinary USB cable, well you can't as the common USB cable that is described as 'usual' cannot physically be plugged into 2 computers as one plug will be the squareish shape that won't fit.